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Nigerian Military neutralises militia kingpin in Benue 

By NewsDesk, with Agency reports

The Defence Headquarters has disclosed that its personnel has killed one of the most wanted militia kingpins, Terugwa Igbagwa, alias Orjondu, in Benue State.

It disclosed that the onslaught was carried by a combined team of Operation Whirl Stroke Tracking Team and Special Forces troops of Sector 2.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche said the suspect was killed during a raid operation by the troops on a criminal hideout off Zaki Biam and Katsina-Ala highway.

Enenche, through a statement he released to newsmen on Friday, in Abuja, described Orjondu as the second most wanted criminal kingpin next to Gana in Benue.

“He is responsible for kidnapping, armed robbery, assassination, gun-running and other criminal activities around Katsina-Ala, Ukum and Logo LGA’s for many years.

“Items recovered from him include One AK 47 Rifle, One locally made Rifle, One AK 47 magazine with 30 rounds of 7.62mm special and some charms,” the statement said.

Furthermore, the Military High Command, according to the statement, also congratulated Operation Whirl Stroke for their exploits and relentless efforts in the fight against bandits, insurgents, and armed militia in recent times.

Recall that the Armed Forces had on Wednesday disclosed that its personnel killed no fewer than three hundred and forty-three insurgents and one hundred and fifty-three bandits during special operations in the North East, West, and North Central parts of the country in the last two months.

It said the three hundred and forty-three insurgents killed in the North East were members of the Boko Haram and Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) including nineteen sect leaders, while the one hundred and fifty-three bandits were killed during special operations in the North West, and North Central.

Enenche said during the operational activities from March 18 to May 5, 2020, oil thieves were also apprehended, while kidnapped victims were rescued within the period.

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