Police Paraded Suspects For Various Crimes In Benue

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The operatives of the Benue State Police Command have paraded 35 suspected criminals for alleged kidnapping, fraud, cultism, and armed robbery, among other crimes committed in the state.

Hassan Yabanet, the Commissioner of Police made this revelation during his first briefing in Makurdi, the state capital.

Confirming the arrest, CP Yabanet said since assuming office in April, officers in the command have detained 35 people for suspected kidnapping, fraud, cultism, armed robbery, and illegal firearm ownership, among other things.

“Upon assumption of duty, I have taken time to tour part of the state and have a direct assessment of the security situation in the state. The tour brought about reforms that are already yielding results, as evident in what you will see today.

“I have been able to redeploy officers to areas where they will function better and have mapped out strategies and flash points where police attention is extremely required.

“Some of the areas where attention has been paid to are the dismantling of illegal roadblocks, strengthening the anti-cybercrime and anti-kidnapping units, as well as ongoing operations to clamp down on bandits in several local government areas,” he said.

He stated that on May 20, a squad of police officers received information about the kidnappers’ hiding at Welfare Quarters in Makurdi, and detectives stationed in the area nabbed them.

He claimed that when they arrived at the area, the kidnappers engaged them in a gunfight, but were defeated by the police’s superior weaponry, and Dickson Orinya, Ebia Omirigwe, and Ejeh Miriam were detained.

He said one of the suspects was shot and brought to Benue State University Teaching Hospital Makurdi, where he was pronounced dead and his body was deposited.

According to him, items recovered at the crime site included an AK-47 weapon loaded with 15 rounds of live ammo, seven POS machines, and 150 ATM cards from various banks.

He said that the probe is still ongoing. Yabanet further stated that on May 14, police officers arrested Terpase Denmodi and Avalumun Ayangekaa on Jerome Hwande Street in Makurdi’s Akpa-Quarters for alleged online fraud.

He further stated that; recovered seven HP computers, one Apple note, one Canon printer, 15 Ghana cedis, 200 international passports, and varied apparel, among other items.

The suspects admitted that the majority of their victims were foreigners and that they typically educated pupils in the fraud industry at the house. They also admitted that the trainees split the proceeds of fraud with them as they went out to practice.

CP Yabanet also revealed that on May 14, police operatives detained eight people in a hotel room on Kashim Ibrahim Road in Makurdi for alleged fraud.

He named those arrested as Usman Aliu, Orga Israel, David Tersoo, Aondofa Michael, Tega Wisdom, Alexander Torgbenda, Emmanuel Idyede, and Elvis Francis.

Furthermore, on May 6, a group of armed men blocked the Makurdi-Naka route and stole victims’ motorcycles.

“They kidnapped one other victim and collected N2 million from the family before the victim was released. In the course of the kidnapping, one victim raised an alarm that led to the arrest of one suspect named Mohammed Ibrahim, who could not meet up with his other colleagues as they were being chased,” he said.

The suspect allegedly claimed that he and his gang members regularly kidnap people near Naka Road and demand a ransom.

Police officers also detained Emmanuel Bundepum, Ado Joshua, Shaorga Ushahem, James Ushambe, Ebugwe Stephen, Teryile Kave, and Tivlumun Martins for fraud.

Ten laptops, four phones, bundles of suspected illicit drugs, and a camouflage suit were recovered.

New Telegraph

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