Troops of Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS) have reportedly arrested the district head of Cha (Mue Ter Cha), Utambe Adzer, over alleged possession of illegal weapons.
The troops were said to have stormed palaces of two traditional rulers in Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State on Saturday, before arresting Adzer.
However, the second traditional ruler, Teran Kwanghbo, was said to have escaped through the backdoor of his palace.
Tribuneonline quoted military sources as saying that troops stormed the palaces of the monarchs based on intelligence.
The escaped district head was said to have left his palace when he learnt that his colleague had been arrested.
“Troops swooped on the houses of two people discovered to be district heads in Ukum local government area of Benue State on Saturday and some arms and ammunition were recovered, a military source said,” the report quoted one of the sources as saying.
The publication further said one AK-47 assault rifle, one mag, 20 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, one locally made mortar tube, and one vehicle were allegedly recovered from Adzer.
It said a local source also confirmed that some soldiers were sighted at the palace of Mue Ter Cha.
The source said that people of the area were surprised to see soldiers in the community.
“We also saw them bringing out some arms which we heard were discovered in his house.
“They equally raised down the round hut located in the palace suspected to be housing the weapons and some criminal elements.
“Also Saturday morning the military troops were also seen in Lumbuv District where they also attempted to arrest the District Head whom they (Soldiers) believed harbored illegal arms. However, information got to the chief and he escaped the arrest,” the source stated.
The Benue State Government had imposed a curfew on three local government areas of Ukum, Katsina-Ala, and Logo known as Sankera axis, over the high rate of insecurity since the killing of Terwase Akwaza, known as Gana, a warlord in the state, by soldiers in September 2020.