Troops attached to Operation Whirl Stroke, have arrested a notorious gunrunner, Ardo Manu Abdulrahaman Maranewo, who has been on the wanted list of security agencies.
He was arrested in Taraba State.
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The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Benard Onyeuko, who disclosed this in Abuja yesterday, said Maranewo specialised in selling and leasing arms and ammunition to bandits and kidnappers.
He explained that troops had raided a kidnappers’ enclave at Maraba in Ukyonugu Ityuluv Ward in Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State.
Onyeuko revealed that the troops also arrested a 65-year-old bandits’ collaborator identified as Ichen Igbaka, and his wife, Salomi Gbaka.
He also said troops of FOB Bakura Operation Hadarin Daji had responded to a distress call at Rafin Dankura in Bakura LGA of Zamfara State and engaged terrorists in a shootout after abducting some civilians.
“After the encounter, troops rescued the six kidnapped civilians and neutralised two bandits in the process.
“Items recovered include two AK47, 36 hand grenades, two cell phones and the sum of N211,915,” he added