Army arrests ‘spiritual head’ of armed militia in Nasarawa

The Army yesterday said it arrested a suspected spiritual head of a militia armed group in Toto local government area of Nasarawa state after destroying some of the group’s camps in Ugya village in the area. Director of Army Public Relations, Texas Chukwu, gave the name of the suspect as Angulu Idaku in a statement issued in Abuja. Chukwu stated that seven locally made guns, 12 cartridges, 200 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 76 rounds of 7.62mm NATO special ammunition and four knives were recovered from the group. Others, he said, were 15 cutlasses, six mobile phones, one DSTV decoder set and four solar panel sets. In another development, Chukwu said troops of the Operation Lafi ya Dole neutralised six Boko Haram terrorists and wounded some others during a clearance operation in the Northeast.
He, however, said two soldiers sustained injuries during an encounter with the insurgents. He added that one anti-aircraft gun, four AK-47 rifles, six AK-47 magazines, two mortar bombs and two gun trucks were recovered from the terrorists. Chukwu also said the troops had successfully cleared Gambori, Dumbawa, Damsu, Awardi, Kanaram, Laridi, Malumdi and Yuramdi villages and recovered one refrigerator, one 14inch TV two DVDs and a box filled with drugs. (Premium Times)

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