No less than four armed herders have been killed while 20 others have been arrested in Benue state by the troops of the 72 Special Forces Battalion, an official said on Tuesday.
This disclosure was made in a statement issued by the Director Army Public Relations, Brig.- Gen. Texas Chukwu.
According to Chukwu, the encounter with the herdsmen took place during a patrol at Teguma village.
“Troops of 72 Special Forces Battalion on April 16, 2018, on Operation MESA at Yogbo in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State encountered militia herdsmen at Teguma village while on patrol.
“Four of the militia herdsmen were neutralised during the encounter while others fled following superior gun power,” he said in a statement.
Items recovered from the suspects include four AK 47 rifles, five 7.62mm rounds of ammunition and 28 rounds of 7.62 police special ammunition.
The Nigerian Army also recently killed one herdsman in Benue.
Benue State has been a hotbed of herdsmen-farmers crisis which has led to several attacks that have since sent many Benue residents to their early graves.
Four police officers were killed and about 11 others are still missing after the gunmen, on Sunday, laid an ambush on police officers in Benue State.
The attack occurred when the police officers were on a patrol from Anyibe to Ayilamo in Logo Local Government Area of the state.