Herdsman killed, others arrested in shootout with troops

By Chuks Oyema-Aziken (Abuja) and Maduabuchi Nmeribeh (Kano)
Troops deployed in a�?Exercise AYEM AKPATUMAa�? have arrested a number of armed herdsmen in Asom Village, Guma Local Government Area of Benue State.
The Nigerian Army said that the troops carried out the operations on Tuesday, April 3 2018 following a tip off.
It said that the bandits opened fire on sighting the troops at Ukaa and Babban Ruwa area, adding that “one herdsman was killed during the encounter.
“Similarly, troops on patrol on April 3, 2018 rescued two persons shot by suspected herdsmen along Gbajimba-Kaseyo Road,” the Arm said in a statement on Wednesday.
Police mop up firearms, ammunition in Kano
In line with the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris directive on recovery of illegal arms and dangerous weapons, Kano State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Rabiu Yusuf, on Wednesday displayed 63 rifles and sophisticated pistols recovered and voluntarily surrendered by individuals.
Other recovered firearms and ammunition are 27 AK-47 riffles, two Lar rifles, four Pump Action, one G-3 rifle, one Magnum bow, 319 .6mm live ammunition, 86 .3mm live ammunition, 127 cartridges and 17 magazines.
Briefing journalists on the progress made on the recovery exercise, Rabiu said that “in view of the directive to all Police Commands and formations to comply within the 21 days, the command has fully recovered from criminals and unauthorised persons arms and ammunition.
“The Kano State Police Command is pleased to inform the general public that the committee set up to that effect has made an appreciable recovery of fire arms and ammunition from criminals and individuals such as armed robbers, kidnappers, cattle rustlers, bandits as well as those who voluntarily surrendered their arms and ammunition to the command during the grace period,” he said.
He warned those who are yet to return their firearms and illegally acquired weapons to do so before the expiration of the grace period or risk prosecution.
“In the light of the above, the command will commence enforcement of confiscating all illegally acquired arms and ammunition and order dangerous weapons, while the person (s) bearing such will be made to face the full wrath of the law.
“Members of the public are urged to report any person found in possession, bearing or in custody of any arms to the nearest police station, Area Command offices or the state headquarters in Bompai, Kano,” he said.

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