Nine well-armed militia from Benue who claimed to be members of government-sponsored security volunteers, have been apprehended by military troops from 93 Battalion of the Nigerian Army stationed in Takum, Taraba State of Nigeria.
A military intelligence source told PRNigeria on Tuesday that the armed gang who were arrested at Arufu Village, a boundary town between Taraba and Benue States with AK-45 rifles fully loaded.
It was gathered that on their arrest, a reinforcement of a purported Civilian JTF Group came to prevent the troops from taking them to custody.
The military source further disclosed that when the soldiers stood their ground, the armed militia’s reinforcement later withdrew from the Case.
The officer said: “During the preliminary investigation the arrested armed gang claimed that the weapons were issued to them by one Aliyu Tashaku through an agent of government.
“The suspects also confirmed that they were 60 in number in their own camp located at Gbeyi, Benue State Nigeria.
“However, further investigation revealed that they were more than 700 and well-armed at the camp where they were trained by selected ex-service men on a monthly Salary of N15,000.00 from their sponsors.”
Meanwhile, the suspects are cooperating with their investigators while security operatives are conducting further investigations to unravel the real sponsors of the armed gang and their motives too..