- Peter Iorlaha was reportedly arrested during a stop an search operation at a roadblock in Mararaba
- The suspect was arrested less than 48 hours after the Nigerian army ordered its men to Benue and its environs
The Nigerian army has announced that its troops of guards brigade deployed at Mararaba, Nasarawa state for internal security operations have arrested a man with arms and ammunitions during a stop and search operation at the checkpoint.
The man identified as Peter Iorlaha was arrested on Thursday, February 8, at the border town between the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, and Nasarawa state.
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Nasarawa, like Benue and Plateau, has witnessed internal crises as well as clashes between alleged herdsmen and local farmers.
“The suspect who gave his name as Peter Iorlaha was apprehended with a bag containing 2 locally made pistols, one locally made short gun, two rounds of 7.62mm (special), five live cartridges, two torch lights, a screw driver, charms and a Tecno mobile handset.
“During preliminary investigation, the suspect revealed that the weapons and other items were handed over to him by his uncle for safe keeping. The suspect is currently under interrogation,” a statement by Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, the director of army public relations, said.
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NAIJ.com earlier reported how a civil society group commended Nigerian army's effort to fight crime in Benue, Kogi and other northern states across Nigeria.
The group, Middle Belt Conscience Guard, said the commmencement of Operation Ayem Akpatuma known as Operation Cat Race by the Nigerian army became important due to the growing level of armed banditry, cattle rustling herdsmen and farmers clashes in the listed states.
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