We’ll find and destroy all criminal elements – Force Commander, Operation WHIRL STROKE

Commander of the Nigerian miltary’s newly launched Operation WHIRL STROKE, Maj. Gen. Adeyemi Yekini, says that its mission is to pursue, track, find and destroy every criminal element and hideout in four affected states.

Rose Ejembi, Makurdi

Commander of the Nigerian miltary’s newly launched Operation WHIRL STROKE, Maj. Gen. Adeyemi Yekini, says that its mission is to pursue, track, find and destroy every criminal element and hideout in four affected states.

Yekini stated this on Friday while responding to a question during a press briefing by Brig. Gen. John Agim on the successes recorded so far by Operation WHIRL STROKE, which was launched on May 8 to confront security challenges in Benue, Taraba, Nasarawa and Zamfara states

“It is a special mission to pursue, track, find and destroy. Any armed man or armed group that is here to cause evil is an enemy. We are here to put an end to incessant killing and we have no agenda beyond that,” the Commander said.

He noted that it was the first time in the history of the country that a special force of the entire armed forces and other security agencies would be coming together to conduct an operation. 

The Special Forces Commander disclosed that several arrests of both indigenes and herdsmen have so far been made and the arrested suspects were already undergoing prosecution.

He stated that:

“We have made arrests of indigenes of Benue leading attacks. They are from Benue and they live in Benue. We have also arrested quite a number of herdsmen too, up to 147, who are undergoing prosecution. 

“In this operation, we will find, fix, and we will strike them wherever they may be. We will bombard them, and once we have evidence that the camps are possible hideouts for criminal elements, we will bombard them. I have enough men, enough resources, to fish out the criminals and destroy them. 

“You understand that some of these herdsmen shield themselves with their cattle. We will kill both the cattle and the herdsmen who use them as shield to attack.”o

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