By Joseph Erunke
ABUJA – TROOPS of the Nigerian Army at the weekend intercepted 20 suspected bandits in Nasarawa State,recovering a total of 19 guns from them in the process.

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A statement to this effect from the Nigerian Army, through its Director of Defence Information, Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, Saturday said the suspected militiamen were nabbed while making their way to Abuja,the nation’s federal capital city.

The suspects, according to the statement, claimed to be hunters travelling to Abuja, for a meeting even as it said when interrogation, a total of 19 guns were found in their possession.

The statement explained that the suspected bandits were arrested along the Nasarawa – Keffi road, as they made their way from Adamawa State.

It read thu:”The Nigerian Army has intercepted a Nissan bus with 20 occupants along Nasarawa – Abuja road while conducting a routine check.

“The occupants on interrogation, claimed they were hunters from Adamawa on transit to Abuja for National Hunters Association scheduled to take place today, Saturday 28 July 2018”, Chukwu said.

He noted that those arrested will be handed over to appropriate authorities, once investigation was concluded.

Other items recovered, according to the Army, were one locally-made knife, three cutlasses, one bow and 38 Arrows, as well as assorted charms.

Meanwhile, the Army has said that attempts by suspected Boko Haram elements to attack Dikwa in Borno State, were repelled by soldiers.

The Army further disclosed that some of the insurgents fled with gunshot wounds inflicted on them by the fighting troops.

It said: ‘Troops of 22 Brigade deployed in operation Lafiya Dole on Friday 27 July 2018 successfully repelled Boko Haram terrorists attack on Dikwa, Borno State.

“The terrorists attempted to infiltrate into Dikwa through the Eastern flank of the town but were intercepted by the troops on duty.

“Some of the Boko Haram terrorists escape with gun shot wounds following a superior fire power of the troops during the encounter.

“Effort is being intensified by the troops to get other fleeing members of terrorists group.”

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