Troops of the Nigerian Army have apprehended five gun-wielding herdsmen in six communities in Benue State, after a gun battle which led to the killing of one herdsman.
the troops of 72 Battalion Special Forces on Saturday nabbed the herdsmen in communities identified as Gbajimba, Baka, Tomanyi, Iyode, Dogon Yashi and Chembe.
According to the army, the armed herdsmen on sighting the troops, said to be on Operation Cat Race, engaged them in a shoot-out.
It was gathered that during the exchange, one herdsman was killed while another was injured. Also, one AK-47 assault rifle was recovered after the encounter.
The army said the bandits, however, fled into the bushes on sighting the troops and none was arrested.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Texas Chukwu, confirmed the arrests in Benue on Sunday in a press release.