707 Brigade troops arrest 2 armed herdsmen

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Soldiers stand guard as attendants unload the casket containing the body of Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu from a military helicopter in Nnewi, Nigeria on Thursday, March 1, 2012. The city where Ojukwu lived is preparing for the burial of the civil war leader at his home here on Friday. Nigeria's 1960s civil war, between the federal government and Ojukwu's breakaway Republic of Biafra, killed 1 million people. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
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Troops of 707 Special Forces Brigade of the Nigerian Army have arrested two Fulani militia who were suspected to be planning a dangerous attack on some communities in the state.
The arrest took place on Tuesday while the troops were on a routine patrol along Gbajimba – Iyiodeh road in Guma local government area of Benue state.
A statement issued by the Assistant Director Army Public Relations 707 Special Forces Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Makurdi, Major Molabisi Olalekan Ayeni, stated that the militia were suspected to be converging possibly to attack Governor Samuel Ortom farm and residents in the area.
“The militia were about to be approached for questioning when they opened fire on the troops who later engaged them.
“The Special Forces Operators intensified their pursuit and succeeded in arresting two of them while others fled in disarray. The herdsmen had since been handed over to the police,” the statement read in part.


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