Troops of 707 Special Forces Brigade conducting EXERCISE AYEM AKPATUMA have arrested 5 suspected cultists at Katsina Ala local government area of Benue State.
Major Olabisi Ayeni, Assistant Director Army Public Relations, confirmed the incident.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects were students of College of Education, Katsina Ala, who were about to be initiated as new members.
“Troops acted on credible information followed by raid operations which led to their arrest”, the statement added.
“The suspects arrested are, Mr Dennis Victor Terfa, Mr Emmanuel Daniel Akpagher, Mr Akuse Jacob Aondongu, Mr Kpo Isaac and Mr Idika Kelechi”, he added.
Similarly, troops operating at Sector C carried out cordon and search operations at Ukum Local Government Area which also led to the arrest of gun runners and a cattle rustler.
Among the suspects arrested is a 55-year-old Samuel Gaza and one Jato Aontoseer, a weapon fabricator.
Items recovered are: one Fabrique National rifle, 3 Fabrique National and AK 47 magazines, one locally made pistol, 3 dane guns, 4 mobile phones and one axe, military belt, lanyard and a beret, charms, some quantity of indian hemp.