Amina Anebi, Kaduna
EIGHTEEN suspected Fulani gunmen were on Sunday arrested by men of the Nigerian Army, One Division, Kaduna in what was believed to have been another planned massive onslaught on a sleepy community.
The suspects, who were also herdsmen were arrested in possession of several arms, including AK-47 rifles at the Laduga village, a Fulani community in Kachia Local Government area of the state.
The spokesman of the One Division, Nigerian Army, Kaduna, Col. Usman Abdul, who confirmed the incident to news men on Tuesday disclosed that the army stormed the village in the early hours of Sunday following a tip-off on an alleged plan by the suspected herdsmen to attack some villages in both Kachia and Kaura local government areas of the state.
According to him, the army deployed troops to the area and cordoned off the village for a search leading to the successful arrest of the suspects and recovery of several arms .
“The raid was carried out at about 4am on Sunday in a cordon and search operation aimed to save the natives from being attacked by the herdsmen” Col. Abdul said.
Though he said investigation is still ongoing to ascertain how the suspects got their guns and other ammunition, with a view to prosecuting them, the army will not relent in efforts to secure the state.
According to him, the foiled attack is a good efforts towards containing security threat in the country.