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Emmanuel Daudu/Nigeria

The Troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE (OPWS) has Constructed a major Road linking Ugya-Zwere Community in Nasarawa State. This was disclosed recently at the Defence Headquarter in Abuja by the Director Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Onyema Uwachukwu.

Operation WHIRL STROKE is one amidst other Operations that has yielded unquantifiable results in the past three months of Operation. It would interest you to note that in the past 3 Months, all Joint Internal Security Operations conducted by the Military, the Nigeria Police, Department of State Service, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps have increased the tempo of their Operational activities and policing, with tremendous results recorded across the 6 Geo-Political zones in the country.

Operation WHIRL STROKE (OPWS) was set up to curtail malevolent killings and destructions orchestrated by armed herdsmen/ Farmers clashes, armed bandits, local militia groups and other criminal gangs in Nasarawa, Benue, and Taraba States.

According to him, he said, In the last 3 Months, troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE conducted over 32 offensive operations against the infiltrated armed herdsmen, armed militia gangs and suspected kidnapping camps. The undaunted troops destroyed 82 kidnappers’ makeshift camps, arrested over 266 bandits, one illegal arm manufacturer and 3 gun-running kingpins.

Similarly, AFRICASECURITYINVESTIGATION also gathered that, within the period, 217 assorted Assault weapons and 4,201 rounds of ammunition were Recovered from Criminals, while several bandits were neutralized in combat with the troops.

“The effort of Operation WHIRL STROKE also paved the way for 266,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) to return to their ancestral homes”, he said.

However, the Director Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Onyema Uwachukwu also disclosed that the troops of OPWS in the passion to yield more result stepped up its non- kinetic activities which included peace and dialogue initiatives with warring communities and the construction of major roads, especially the one that links Ugya to Zwere Community in Nasarawa State.

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