Troops have arrested 10 herdsmen who were allegedly destroying farmland in Tse-Tigir and Tse-Ndugh villages in Benue state.
Army spokesman, Texas Chukwu, in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday, said the suspects fled into the bush when they sighterd troops deployed to Yelwata under the o going “Exercise Ayem Akpatuma (Cat race).
He said: “While in the act of destroying the farmland, the herdsmen sighted the aggressive troops and fled into the bush.
“The determined troops pursued and arrest them. Items recovered from them are five motorcycles, two machetes, assorted charms and N120,000.”
Chukwu said the suspects and the items were handed over to the police for investigation.
Coincidentally, the state governor, Samuel Ortom, on Monday said cattle have been invading Benue farms despite the military operation.