Troops of 93 Battalion of the Nigerian Army stationed in Takum, Taraba State, have arrested nine armed members of a militia group, who said they are government sponsored security volunteers.
They were arrested at Arufu, a boundary town between Taraba and Benue States, a military intelligence source told PRNigeria on Tuesday.
Five of the suspects were reportedly armed with fully loaded AK-45 rifles.
The source said, “During the preliminary investigation the arrested armed gang claimed that the weapons were issued to them by one Aliyu Tashaku through an agent of government.
“The suspects also confirmed that they were 60 in number in their own camp located at Gbeyi, Benue State.
“However, further investigation revealed that they were more than 700 and well-armed at the camp where they were trained by selected ex-service men on a monthly allowance of N15,000.00 from their sponsors.”