Troops of 101 Special Forces Battalion, operational base of the Nigerian Army in Taraba State on Saturday arrested four Fulani herdsmen with one AK 47 at Suntai Daji in Suntai Bali Local Government Area of the state.
Addressing newsmen before the suspects in the area, Commanding officer of the Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Mutiu Olaseni, said the arrest followed a complaint his men received from a Tiv woman (name withheld) whom the herdsmen entered her farm land.
Olaseni said: “These herdsmen entered a farm belonging to a Tiv Woman who resides in this area with their cattle and when she talked to them they threatened to kill her and she quickly alerted us and when my men moved to the farm they were able to apprehended them with their over 200 cattle and in the process of investigation we recovered one AK 47 riffle and 30 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition.Olaseni also explained that they are committed towards curbing insecurity not only in Taraba State but Nigeria as a whole, pointing out that they have recorded a lot of successes in their operations in the area.He said the suspects will be handed over to the Army Headquarters for further investigation, while the cattle will be handed over to the local authority for safe keeping .
Speaking in an interview with newsmen, the suspects who were identified as Dahiru Dumba, Almajiri Nyako, Haruna Manga and Adamu Hassan, confirmed that they entered the woman’s farm land and grazed in, pointing out that they were on migration from Damfar village in Ibi Local Government Area of Taraba State to a village in Gassol Local Government Area of the state.
Meanwhile Dahiru Munga, who admitted that the AK 47 riffle with full loaded magazine special rounds belong to their father, Alhaji Nyako, said they owned the gun for safe protection though they do not have the licence.