40 cultists arrested in Benue, weapons recovered

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Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS), said it arrested about 40 suspected cultists and recovered two weapons in Benue state during the Yuletide period.

Major General Adeyemi Yekini, Force Commander, OPWS who disclosed this to newsmen at the weekend explained that the suspected cultists have been handed over to the police.

He further explained that his troops recovered two weapons at Ikpayongo town, Gwer East Local Government Area (LGA) of the state last Thursday.

According to him, between December and now, there has been relative peace in the state, even as OPWS has continued to make new deployment of troops to flashpoint to curtail any threat to peace and security.

Among such area where more troops have been deployed are Agasha, a riverine town in Guma LGA of the state.

He said, “Two days ago (Thursday) we made new deployments of troops to some areas just to ensure that every area is secured. You can see that for some time now there has been relative peace in the state.

“We will continue to do this, until there is peace everywhere. We are not promising 100 percent peace because it is only God that can give that. But we will continue to try our best to ensure that people are safe in their homes.”

In response to plans by OPWS regarding security during the forthcoming general elections, Yekini said he was yet to receive any directive in that regard.

He however assured of adequate security before, during and after the elections even as he urged law abiding citizens to go about their lawful businesses without fear.

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