Police arrest notorious kidnap gang, robbery suspects in military uniforms

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It has been four weeks of resilient onslaught against crime and criminality in Benue state since Mr. Ene Okon assumed duties as the new Commissioner of Police in charge of the state. On assumption of office, Mr. Okon left no one in doubt as to his determination to rid the state of all criminal elements tormenting the nooks and crannies of the state.

Proudly showcasing his achievement within the period, the Commissioner of Police paraded a 25 year old armed robbery suspect, Aondowase Emberga who usually dressed in military camouflage alongside his five-member gang to torment and rob motorists and residents along the ever busy Makurdi-Lafia road. While parading the suspects, Okon said that “the arrest followed reported cases of robbery along the Makurdi-Lafia road.

The Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad, FSARS, operatives deployed to the road to checkmate the activities of the hoodlums had an encounter with them few days ago at about 11pm leading to exchange of gunfire. The team while combing the surrounding bush in the morning, arrested Emberga wearing military camouflage with gunshot injury on his leg. “He confessed to be a member of the six man gang who dressed in military camouflage and had earlier engaged our security personnel.

We are investigating the matter while our men are on the trail of others.” The Commissioner added that a member of another gang was gunned down in an exchange of gunfire in Makurdi town following a distress call by robbery victims after which a pistol with two expended bullets and two cartridges were recovered from the dead robber.

He said the special operation within the period also led to the arrest of three suspects in Otukpo and the recovery of four firearms from the suspects. According to Okon, operatives of ‘Operation Zenda,’ a combined security operation on stop and search duty arrested another five suspects along Adikpo-Ugbema road and recovered 378 live ammunitions of various calibers, a telescope, knives and assorted charms. “The Zenda operatives also arrested Aondowaee Yese and Terhide Iorsase both of Ugbema in Buruku local government with two pistols, two live cartridges and a Honda motorcycle which they confessed to have snatched from a motorcyclist at gunpoint on Ugbema -Jato-Aka road.

“Also arrested yesterday with a locally made pistol was one Terungwa Tyowua. The suspect was trying to rob a female victim of her belongings when she raised alarm which attracted our patrol team.” Also paraded was a four-man kidnap gang, led by a graduate of Industrial Physics, operating in Makurdi, the Benue state capital and its environs who were arrested by operatives of the state command in collaboration with a squad of the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Monitoring Unit. The Commissioner who disclosed that the gang had overtime successfully carried out their nefarious acts in the state were nabbed while plotting to abduct a serving state lawmaker in the town.

Explaining how the command was able to burst the syndicate, the Commissioner said, “on September 26, 2018, operatives of the IGP Monitoring Unit from Abuja led by Deputy Commissioner of Police Ben Igweh in collaboration with the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad, FSARS and personnel of our Command through intelligence led policing, arrested one Magudu Harris 36, of Shawon Ato Street behind Civil Service Commission, Makurdi. “The suspect who is a graduate of Industrial Physics from a Makurdi based university (name withheld) is the gang leader of a 4-man gang terrorizing innocent residents of Makurdi the state capital. “He confessed to have masterminded and executed the kidnap of a female Civil Defense Officer, while on her way from Church and one Mrs. Veronica Jirgba on September 20, 2018 and collected a ransom of N1million before her release four days later.

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