Troops operating in the North Central and North Western parts of the Federation have recovered caches of arms and ammunition in those areas.
During a cordon and search operation at Anyibe in Logo Local Government Area of Benue State, troops seized a cache of arms run by a young member of an armed gang.
According to a statement signed by Major General Chris Olukolade, Director Defence Information, two rifles, three locally fabricated pistols and 61 rounds of special ammunition were recovered during the operation.
The arrested gang member is currently being interrogated.
And in Plateau State, the cordon and search operation in two chiefdoms of the state yielded the recovery of five guns, three locally fabricated pistols and two revolvers from the hideouts of armed gangs at Hukke and Reweinko. Other items recovered during the operation include some IED making materials, 45 live cartridges, various calibres of ammunition, bows and arrows and other items such as cutlasses, axes and diggers.
In Kaduna State, troops had encounter with armed gangs and bandits at Kwandaga during which some casualties were recorded and lots of arms and ammunition recovered.
According to the army spokesman, the operation to rid the North Central and North West parts of the Federation of armed gangs is tagged Operation Restore Peace and is still in progress in various locations.