Nigerian Army Arrest Fulani Herdsmen With Automatic Weapons in Taraba

The officers and men of the Nigerian Army of the 101 Special Forces Battalion deployed to Taraba State, Nigeria on Monday May 14, 2018 arrested four armed Fulani Herdsmen who were in illegal possession of one AK-47 rifle with 30 rounds of 7.62mm Special Ammunition.

The Herdsmen were arrested caught in Suntai Daji village of Donga Local Government Area of Taraba State while they were grazing their cattle in a farm owned by a woman in the community.
Parading the suspects in Donga, the Commanding Officer of the Battalion, Lt. Col. Mutiu Dotun Olaseni, said the suspects Dahiru Dumba, Almajiri Nyako, Haryana Manga and Adamu Hassan were arrested following a tip-off.

Armed Fulani Herdsmen and Nigerian Army
Armed Fulani Herdsmen and Nigerian Army
“The troops also seized 285 cows found with them during the arrest. The suspects are still under our custody and they would soon be transferred to the Army headquarters in Abuja.
Olaseni said the Army would continue to work tirelessly against any act that would cause a crisis in the area, adding that the seized cows have been handed over to the local government Council and the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the area for safekeeping.

While reiterating the determination of the troops deployed to the area in ensuring the protection of lives and property, Olaseni urged the people of Taraba to avail the Army with genuine information that would assist in tracking down suspected armed bandits in the state.
Some of the suspects who spoke to journalists admitted to have committed the crime.

Armed Fulani Herdsmen have been responsible for series of killings and banditry in Taraba, Benue, Kaduna, Nasarawa and Plateau States with thousands of people killed. It is against the Nigerian Laws to be in possession of Automatic Weapons such as AK47 Rifle.

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