In an attempt to ensure a crime-free environment within the premises of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), troops of the Guards Brigade of the Nigeria Army have apprehended about 92 Fulani Herdsmen within Abuja and Nasarawa State.
This announcement was made known in a statement on Monday by the Assistant Director Army Public Relations (ADAPR), Guards Brigade, Capt Bashir Jajira.
According to him, 36 of the suspects, who claimed to be on a mission to recover their alleged stolen cattle, were arrested by the troops at a military checkpoint between the FCT and Nasarawa State.
Jajira said another 56 set of armed suspected herdsmen were arrested by soldiers in Dantata, the military checkpoint along airport road also entering the FCT on Sunday.
He said that the troops recovered ‘one pump action gun, 19 cartridge dane guns, 118 cartridge ammo, 28 cutlasses, 3 jack knives, 14 sticks, 7 torch lights, certificate of occupancy, assorted charms and hard drugs.’
“A group of 36 herdsmen in Diana Truck and Toyota Camry car with registration number Abu Kuje 994 FX and Niger SUL 541 XA were intercepted and arrested at 177 Guards Battalion location by Keffi checkpoint.
“During the interrogation by troops at the checkpoint, they claimed to be going to Nasarawa Local Government in Nasarawa State.”
Jajira assured that the suspects would be handed over to the civil Police authority for prosecution.