The Nigeria Army have captured another killer herdsman identified as Idi Gemun, in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State, at the scene of the recurring deadly attacks.
According to reports, the capture of Gemu, whose AK 47 was also seized by troops, brings the number of killer herdsmen captured in the area to four.
The Commander of 72 Special Forces Battalion, Lt.-Col. Suleiman Mohammed, told newsmen on Wednesday in Makurdi that Gemu was captured on May 1.
Mohammed said that the three other killer herdsmen were also captured in the Guma Local Government Area on April 26 and that their capture led to the capture of Gemu. He said that troops were doing “everything possible” to safeguard lives and property in Benue, advising residents of the state to provide useful information to security agencies.
But in an interview with newsmen, Gemu said that the Ak 47 rifle recovered from him did not belong to him, saying that the gun belonged to one of his friends, who fled when troops swooped on them. He claimed that he was sleeping when the soldiers came and that his friend fled after he sighted the troops, decided to keep the gun for the friend but was arrested with the gun by the troops.