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BENUE: Troops recover arms, arrest two suspects over communal clash

TROOPS of the Operation Whirl Stroke have reportedly arrested two persons with a cache of arms and dangerous weapons, including 11 locally made long barrel gun, one shot gun, two cartridges, gun powder, three knives, nine cutlasses and charms.

The arms were said to be stockpiled for usage against rival communities in the internecine crisis  rocking  Mbalom council ward in the Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State.

The three communities that took arms against themselves were; Tse Hundu, Tse Yanre and Tse Aku all in Mbalom Council Ward of Gwer East LGA.

According to a local, who simply identified himself as Terna, said the prompt intervention of troops of Operation Whirl Stroke saved what would have been a terrible crisis.

Terna said though the incident happened late last week, without the intervention of the troops of OPWS,  who had been keeping vigil on the communities, the criminals would have fuelled the crisis in the local government.

He said trouble started as a result of land issues, noting that some houses were torched and one person killed during the communal crisis.

“It was a mere land dispute and before you know it, youths in the three communities took up arms against one another and they torched few houses and one person was killed.

“When the crisis was getting out of hands, some members of the communities quickly alerted troops of OPWS, who immediately responded by rushing to the area to restore normalcy.

“As I speak with you now, two suspects were arrested with some arms and dangerous weapons with charms. We heard that the suspects were later handed over to the police”. 

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