At least eight arms bandits have been arrested in Taraba State in heightened military operation in Nigeria's north-central region. 

The arrest was made by the troops of Sector 3 deployed under the auspices of Operation WHIRL STROKE while on patrol on Monday.

They came in contact with the armed bandits along road Manya-Gangun in Ussa Local Government Area of Taraba State and eight of them were arrested.

Items recovered from the arms bandit include: two AK 47 rifles, one K2 rifle, two Dane guns, 56 rounds of 7.62 special ammunition, 25 K2 rounds, three cartridges, charms and phones, a statement by the spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Kayode Ogunsanya said.

arms bandit arrested in Taraba state

The arms bandits are currently in the custody of the army undergoing interrogation. 

Ogunsanya further advised Nigerians to report any suspicious activities to the nearest security agency.

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Arms bandits attacks have increased in the central region of Nigeria since the beginning of this year.

Worst hit is Benue State which is considered the food basket of Nigeria and attackers have most times been identified as herdsmen.

arms bandit arrested in Taraba state

However, President Buhari has dismissed these claims, insisting that herders that are Nigerians do not carry arms.

He blamed the increase in arm-carrying herders on the uprising in Libya, highlighting that Nigeria's porous border had led to increase in their activities.