The military operation known as Operation Whirl Stroke, says it has intensified surveillance in areas considered to be security flash-points in Benue State, Commander of the Operation, Adeyemi Yekini disclosed this when he visited the scene of last Saturday’s attack on Governor Samuel Ortom by suspected militia herdsmen.
Yekini said the patrol would help check cases of militia herdsmen and other criminal elements emerging from the forest across River Benue to unleash mayhem, adding that troops have been deployed to the area and are currently combing the forest which serves as a hideout for the assailants, stressing that their makeshift camps had also been destroyed by the troops.
The Commander noted that the coming of the security formation to Benue had improved security to a large extent, saying notorious criminal elements in Sankera axis had also been neutralised.
Yekini also appealed to residents to volunteer information on bandits’ hideouts for necessary action, pointing out that this had been a major challenge for him and his men.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, retired Colonel Paul Hembah told journalists that though troops of Operation Whirl Stroke and other security agents arrived promptly, they could not get the assailants who retreated to the forest, adding that no arrest had so far been made in connection with the attack.