The Nigerian Army has announced the arrest of herdsmen involved in the destruction of farmlands in Benue state and its environs.
The herdsmen were arrested while destroying farmland at Tse-Tigir and Tse-Ndugh villages and have been handed over to the police for prosecution.
The information on the arrest is as contained in a statement made available to Naija News by Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, Director Army Public Relations.
The Army spokesperson also called on the public to cooperate with the military to ensure the success of “exercise ayem akpatuma” (cat race).
“The effort of the Nigerian Army to fish out criminals and protect farmlands in Benue State and it environ in the ongoing EXERCISE AYEM AKPATUMA is yielding tremendous result as troops of Sector 1 Sub-Sector A, deployed at Yelwata while on routine patrol arrested 10 herdsmen destroying farmland at Tse-Tigir and Tse-Ndugh villages on Monday 26 February 2018.”
“While in the act of destroying the farmland the herdsmen sighted the aggressive troops and fled into the Bush. The determined troops pursued and arrested them.”
“Items recovered were : 5 motorcycle, 2 machetes, some assorted charms and the sum of One Hundred and Twenty Thousand Naira (N 120,000:00) only.”
“Suspect and items were handed over to the Nigerian Police for further necessary action.”
“The Nigerian Army is determine to fish out criminals and recover weapons use in killing innocent citizens. Therefore the public is please requested to cooperate and support the Army on the ongoing exercise,” the statement said.