Soldiers in the early hours of yesterday averted what would have been a bloody clash in Southern Kaduna area of Kaduna state.
The incident occurred in Laduga Fulani settlement in Kachia local government area of the state.
The troops, from 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, Kaduna, acting on a security tip, successfully arrested 18 suspects and recovered several arms.
The development, according to the Army, was a planned reprisal attack, following the killing of seven Fulani herdsmen recently in Southern Kaduna.
The killing of the herdsmen was carried out after March14, 2014 in Bondong District of Kaura local government by some indigenes of Southern Kaduna, in protest of the killing of 119 persons.
The spokesman, 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Kaduna, Col. Usman Abdul, who spoke to our reporter, said the military carried out the action in good faith for public good.
Explaining how they averted the reprisal attacks, he said: “We got reports that there was possibility of reprisal attacks following killing of seven Fulani herdsmen after the killings in Manchok. It was this that influenced this foiled attack hence we moved into action, if not, we would have been saying a different thing now.
“We do not leave anything to chance, rather we went into the area around 4am and sealed the area. We recovered arms and arrested about 18 persons.”