Abuja - The military has assured fleeing residents of Zaki-biam community in Benue State there would be no reprisal attack on them after a gang's reign of terror.
The fears follow an ambushing by an armed gang that claimed the lives of a soldier and a policeman in the area recently.
Director of Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade, said the military authorities in the locality had assured that while every effort was being made to track down the armed gang that has been operating in the area, civilians would not be harassed.
He noted there had been apprehension in the community following the incidence which triggered a rumour of impending reprisal attack by the military.
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“The people were therefore advised to return to their homes and normal activities as the troops are there for their protection,” Olukolade said.
He said an armed gang identified as Gana, which had been operating along Zaki-biam and Katsina Ala road, had attacked the troops on patrol as they were on their way to respond to distress calls from civilians in the town.
The gang which had reportedly been terrorising the community for some time, also made away with a number of items.
“Normalcy has been restored as the military and police patrol continues in the area,” Olukolade assured.
- CAJ News