Soldiers raid Benue monarch’s palace, chief escapes

Troops of Operation Whirl Stroke uncovered arms and ammunition at the palaces of district heads of Cha (Mue Ter Cha), His Royal Highness, Chief Utambe Adzer, and Chief Teran Kwanghbo, all from Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State.

He was arrested but the latter escaped with AK-47 rifles through the back door of his palace when soldiers stormed the palace on Saturday as confirmed by Military source who said that troops stormed the palaces of the monarchs based on intelligence report.

Chief Kwaghbo was said to have escaped when he heard that his counterpart had been arrested and the soldiers were told that he was in possession of six AK-47 rifles used for perpetrating crimes in both Benue and Taraba states.

“Troops swooped on the houses of two persons discovered to be district heads in Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State on Saturday and some arms and ammunition were recovered,” military source said.

The military source disclosed that one AK-47 rifle, one magazine, 20 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, one locally made mortar tube and one vehicle were recovered from Chief Utambe Adzer.

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