The arrest of some young men by troops for alleged cattle rustling is causing trouble in Agasha town, Benue State.

After the men were arrested, youths numbering about 500 staged a protest demanding the release of the suspects from the custody of a sister security agency, the Nigerian Army said on Monday.

A statement by the Army said troops of 707 Special Forces Brigade prevented the breakdown of law and order in Agasha town on Sunday. 

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The Army did not mention the security agency that arrested the four youths suspected to be members of a syndicate which allegedly rustled 20 cattle.

"Timely response of our troops prevented the situation from degenerating beyond control.

“The situation is closely being monitored as patrols continue to dominate the general area,” the Army statement read.

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The Nigerian Army had in February, launched an operation tagged "Exercise AYEM AKPATUMA" (Cat Race) in Benue State to contain the activities of arms-carrying herdsmen that have launched attacks on communities in the state. 

They are also expected to bring an end to cattle rustling within the region, and the arrest of the young men was part of efforts to end it. 

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