Troops of the 101 Special Forces Battalion deployed to Taraba state on Monday nabbed four suspected armed herdsmen caught grazing their cows on a farmland in Suntai Daji village of Donga Local Government Area of the state.
Parading the suspects in Donga, Commanding Officer of the Battalion, Lt. Col. Mutiu Dotun Olaseni, said the suspects Dahiru Dumba, Almajiri Nyako, Haryana Manga and Adamu Hassan were arrested while grazing on a farm belonging to a woman in the village, following a tip-off.
The Commanding Officer added that one AK-47 rifle with 30 rounds of 7.62mm Special Ammunition was recovered from the suspects.
“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,” he said.
Olaseni said the Army would continue to work tirelessly against any act that would cause the 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 having committed the crime but pleaded with the Army to be lenient with them, saying they were carrying the AK47 rifle and the ammunition to protect themselves against external attacks.
They explained that the cows were not their own but belong to other people who entrusted them in their care on business grounds.