Nigerian troops have intercepted AK 47-carrying militia herdsmen in Benue state, central Nigeria during a routine patrol in the state.
Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Texas Chukwu said troops of 72 Special Forces Battalion on 16 April recovered rifles and ammunition from the militia.
“Operation MESA at Yogbo in Guma Local Government Area of Benue state encountered about 20 militia herdsmen at Teguma village while on patrol,” Chukwu said in a statement.
“Four of them were neutralized during the encounter while others fled following superior gun power.
“Items recovered include four AK 47 rifles, five 7.62mm rounds of ammunition and 28 rounds of 7.62 police special ammunition.
Chukwu noted that the Nigerian Army “restates its commitment and determination to rid the country of criminals and enemies of state.”
Nigeria have been battling to curb the crisis caused by herdsmen across the country.