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MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH IN THE ARREST OF NOTORIOUS GANG OF DEALERS IN PROHIBITED FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION IN BENUE AND TARABA STATES.
1st Case: ILLEGAL FIREARMS DEALERSi. Morris Ashwe 36yrs Native of Mbajima Village Katsina Ala LGA Benue State (Working for Terwase Akwaza aka Ghana). Recovered from Morris Ashwe were i. Five (5) AK47 Rifles, ii. Two Hundred and Thirty Eight (238) Rounds of AK47 Ammunition iii. Forty (40) Smoke Grenade Canisters iv. Seventy Nine (79) LAR Rifle Ammunition
2nd Case: ILLEGAL FIREARMS DEALERS i. Kabiru Idris 43yrs – Principal Suspect – Arrested in Takum Town, Taraba State ii. Miracle Emmanuel – Principal Suspect and Gang Leader 27yrs Native of Anambra State iii. Husseini Safiyanu Native of Taraba State – Principal Suspect. Recovered from the suspects were i. Five (5) AK47 Rifles ii. Thirteen (13) AK47 Magazines iii. Eighty Three (83) Rounds of AK47 Ammunition.
3rd Case – KIDNAPPERS/ARMED ROBBERS i. Emmanuel Ushehemba Kwembe 28yrs Native of Ushongo LGA ii. Sekad Uver 28yrs Native of Koshisha LGA iii. Ordure Fada 22yrs Native of Kwande LGA iv. Stephen Jirgba 18yrs Native of Vande kya LGA all in Benue State.
3rd Case – KIDNAPPERS/ARMED ROBBERS v. Peter Lorham 24yrs Native of Kinshisha vi. Achir Gabriel 30yrs Native of Ushongo vii. Lorhemen Akwambe 35yrs Native of Guma.
3rd Case – KIDNAPPERS/ARMED ROBBERS EXHIBITS i. Two (2) Beretta Pistols
The renewed strategies adopted by the NPF to stop the incessant killings of innocent Nigerians and curtail the proliferation of firearms across the country, most especially in the North-Central States have been yielding positive results.
The IGP IRT & the Police Special Forces mandated by the IGP to work with Benue, Nasarawa & Taraba State Commands, in the last 2 weeks arrested the 11 suspects mentioned above within Benue & Taraba States & recovered fm them were 10 AK47 Rifles & other assorted firearms & ammunition.
In the first two cases, the suspects confessed to have been responsible for supply of AK47 rifles and other firearms and ammunition to armed bandits, militias, and criminal herdsmen/farmers in Benue and Taraba States.
The first suspect, Morris Ashwe 36yrs Native of Mbajima Village Katsina Ala LGA Benue State confessed & admitted to have been supplying firearms & ammunition to the notorious & most wanted vicious & notorious gang leader of militia, murderers & kidnappers Terwase Akwaza aka Ghana.
Terwase Akwaza aka Ghana was declared wanted by the NPF for themerciless killings of several innocent persons & wanton destruction of properties worth Millions of Naira, at Zaki Biam in Benue State on 20/3/2017 & for other violent crimes.
In the second case, all the three (3) suspects namely Kabiru Idris, Miracle Emmanuel and Husseini Safiyanu were arrested in Taraba State and in their possession Five (5) AK47 rifles, Thirteen (13) AK47 Magazines, Eighty Three (83) Rounds of AK47 Ammunition were recovered.
The 3 suspects confessed to have been supplying AK47 rifles and other firearms and ammunition to Militia groups, armed bandits and other criminals in Taraba and Benue States who they admitted have been attacking and killing innocent people in villages in Taraba and Benue States.
The third case involving Seven (7) suspected kidnappers. These suspected kidnappers were arrested in the act of movement to kidnap a prominent person in Makurdi Benue State. The arrest was made possible from intelligence gathered by the IGP Intelligence Response Team. Two (2) Beretta Pistols were recovered from the seven suspects. They confessed to have been responsible for several kidnappings in Benue, Taraba and Some part of Nasarawa State in the recent past.
Investigation is being strengthened to arrest other suspects at large. All suspects will be arraigned in court on completion of investigation.
The deployment of additional Fifteen (15) Police mobile Force units to augment the strength of the Benue State Police Command has beefed-up security in the State and help in sustaining the peace that have been restored to the state.
The Force hereby wishes to assure the people of Benue and other contiguous state of its commitment to sustain the peace that have been restored in those states.
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