The Nigerian Police in their quest to bring to an end the senseless killings in the country especially in the north-central zone has been yielding result as the police made another breakthrough in this fight with the arrest of some suspects.
The force earlier today paraded some suspected thugs, kidnappers and illegal arms dealers who were said to be behind most of the crimes being perpetrated in Benue and Taraba states and even the entire Northcentral.
The police while parading the suspects with the arms and ammunition recovered from them, listed all the cases charged against them. But most importantly there seems to be a connection between previous arrests and the recent ones, all in Benue state.
In a statement shared by Jimoh Moshood on behalf of the Nigerian Police, he stated that:
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 & ammunitn
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
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.
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.
Two (2) Beretta Pistols were recovered from the seven
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.
Investigation is being strengthened to arrest other suspects at large. All suspects will be arraigned in court on completion of investigation.
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. 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.