The joint Military operation covering Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba states, codenamed Operation Whirl Stroke, OPWS, has commenced a 7-day operation in the 3 states to clear bandits and armed herders in forests and communities located in the states
According to a top Military source, Brig. Gen. Clement Apere, the operation on the areas mentioned, especially Benue state, became necessary in order to checkmate the activities of armed bandits who in recent time, have continued to attack some communities, thereby rendering some residents homeless.
He further explained that, “the operation would also be covering islands behind the Nigeria Army School of Military Engineering, NASME, barracks in Makurdi and Gbajimba in Guma Local Government Area of Benue state which were identified as locations usually used as hideouts by armed herders from Nasarawa state before they launch attacks on unsuspecting victims in the state”.
“The clearing operation will also be covering the Sankera axis of of Benue state which is Logo, Ukum and Katsina-Ala LGAs down to Yoyo River and Kwente in Kwande LGA of Benue state where an armed militia, led by one Chekere alias Azonto terrorizes the locals.”
He advised members of the public particularly those in Makurdi where Helicopters have been flying very low to remain calm and go about their lawful businesses without fear.
“The outcome of the ongoing operation would be made known by the military high command at the appropriate time, ” he added.