The Nigerian Army yesterday arrested six suspected armed militiamen at Tse-Dum village in Mbawar Council Ward of Guma Local Government Area of Benue State.
Commanding Officer of 72 Battalion, Lt. Col. Suleiman Muhammad, who paraded the suspects, said troops of the 707 Special Forces Brigade in Makurdi apprehended the suspects in continuation of the offensive launched against those troubling the area.
He gave the names of the suspects as John Yobeh, Terso Nyaku, Agboh Ukume, Thomas Adum and Faaga Uereyev.
Muhammad said one of the suspects died in the process of their arrest while the remaining five paraded with the weapons in their possession would be made to face the law.
But one of the suspects, Ukume, alleged in an interview that suspected herders had early hours of Tuesday invaded their community and took away one of them, adding that they were arrested after tracing the invaders’ footsteps to recover the missing man.
Ukume said they recovered the corpse of the paraded dead man after thorough search in the bush, and were intercepted by the soldiers while on their way home.
The suspect said he narrated what happened to the soldiers, adding that the weapons found in their possession were being kept to defend their community.