Plateau killings: Military places Benue troops on alert

Published September 9, 2018

Byout reporter Makurdi

Following recent attacks on some communities in Plateau State by suspected herdsmen, the Theatre Commander of the military operation in Benue State codenamed ‘Operation Whirl Stroke’, Major General Adeyemi Yekini, on Friday disclosed that troops had been placed on alert to forestall further attacks on the people of Benue State.

Yekini revealed that the troops had intensified patrols within and around Benue State to prevent similar attacks in the state.

The operation commander, who was reacting to an alleged exchange of gunfire between troops and some suspected herdsmen on Thursday night in the Guma Local Government Area, said that few bandits that sighted troops, fled the area.

He said, “What happened is that a few herdsmen were sighted in Guma and as soon as they saw our troops, they ran away.

“Our troops have been placed on red alert to forestall a recurrence of what is happening in Plateau.

“Troops are on 24-hour surveillance, patrolling the length and breadth of Benue, even up to Nasarawa State sometimes.”

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