Troops of 72 Special Forces Battalion and 177 Guards Battalion on Wednesday apprehended alleged militia while settling houses on fire in Igacha village, about 4 kilometres away from Kadarko town.
The troops were on a joint clearance operation along Benue and Nassarawa State border, when they were alerted on the presence of the armed militias.
A statement by the army spokesman, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, said the criminals were caught in the act.
He said troops responded immediately by mobilizing to the area to stop the arson and apprehending the perpetrators.
One of the assailants was neutralised while others escaped with gunshot wounds, he said.
A cordon and search operation is still in progress in the area with the view of tracking the fleeing armed criminals.
He requested residents to be in the look out for wounded persons and report to security agencies.