A joint team operation between the military and Police in Taraba State killed 10 armed bandits suspected to be herdsmen in between Taraba and Adamawa states. 

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Operations, Falaye Olaleyi and the Brigade Commander, 23 Army Brigade Yola, Brig. Gen. B. A. Mohammed said in a statement on Thursday that the 10 bandits were killed during an exchange of gunfire with a joint team between Military and Police in Katibu area in Lau Local Government.

Olaleyi told journalists that the Nigerian Army and the Police got intelligence information that armed bandits would be at a border village between Adamawa and Taraba to terrorize people in that area, and they quickly mobilised all the security agencies to tackle the problem before their arrival. 

According to the security joint team, the bandits came around Katibu area from Numan in Adamawa State, but the team overpowered them by the joint police/military team, killing 10 at that area.

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"10 of the bandits were killed and exhibits such as guns of different kinds and four motorcycles were recovered from them. 

"One of the suspects, who came to attack people of that village was caught with a gun while some of his team members escaped with bullet wounds and ran into the bush. 

"In the commitment of the security agencies to ensure the protection of lives and property in the state, we have given the armed bandits that terrorizing the people of Taraba State a thorough fight," he said. 

The DCP urged the general public to be on the lookout for people with bullet wounds and report to all the security agencies in the state.

The suspect, Michel Goni, who was arrested at a border between Taraba and Adamawa state, said he was arrested by the military in Dung village in Adamawa state with a dane gun on his way home from a village where he went with his team members to pay a condolence visit.

The suspect admitted that he was not a member of vigilante in the area and was not given license to hold a gun. He also said he owns only one gun and some of his team members own the rest.

Items recovered and paraded alongside Michael Goni and the 10 dead bodies of the bandits included 3 AK47 riffles, 2 single barrel guns, one double barrel gun, one G3 rifle, two cutlasses and four boxer motorcycles.

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