Police Parade Suspected Killer Herdsmen, Others In Benue

Police, Kidnap Suspect, Turkish School,Four herdsmen suspected to have been involved in killing of farmers and destruction of villages in Tarka Local Government Area (LGA) have been paraded by the Police in Benue state.

The Police also paraded 14 alleged cattle rustlers, alongside some cattle said to have been stolen by them.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Bashir Makama, who paraded the suspects, confirmed the killing of two farmers in Kwande LGA by suspected herdsmen.

“Some of them are those that have rustled cows and you can see the cows there, some of them are those that were arrested at the scenes of herdsmen and farmers clashes.

“We heard there was a reprisal attack in that particular community which led to the killing of two persons, and the people (attackers) have already been identified; detectives are already out there looking for them.

“Jungle justice is not allowed, if anybody has rustled their cows, they have reasons to report and if they report, it will be treated. But for them to take the laws into their hands is not acceptable,” Mr Makama said.

He said some of the rustled cows recovered from the suspects by the Police have been return to their owners.

In another development, the Benue State Security Council, during an operation alongside the Inspector General of Police Crack Team, also recovered large cache of arms from a bunker allegedly located in the stronghold of wanted suspect, Terwase Akwaza, alias Ghana.

Items recovered include a General Purpose Machine gun, grenades, assorted riffles and live ammunition among others.

The IGP’s investigation team, led by a Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Bello, has been in Zaki Biam and Katsina Ala for over two weeks, in a bid to track down the wanted suspect.

Speaking to reporters, Governor Samuel Ortom accused Ghana of hiding behind his amnesty programme to perpetrate crime in Benue state.

“You can now confirm when I said Ghana was using the amnesty to shield himself and perpetrate criminality, but this is just one armoury. We understand from information available to us that there are many more elsewhere and you can imagine the terror they did in Zaki Biam.

“I want to assure the people of Benue state that as we work together with them, and with the team I have here today, the security men that are supporting us in this state, and the directive of the President who is very passionate about the security situation in the state, we are going to overcome this,” he said.

Also speaking, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, Coloniel Edwin Jando (rtd), highlighted the details of the operations.

“These weapons were in a bunker and someone gave the Police information and they used their instruments to discover them under the ground, the bunker was broken and taken out.

“There are so many of those bunkers out there in Gbishe, and some arrests have been made with some of those arrested taken to Abuja for further investigations,” he said.

Ponzi Scheme: Widow Loses 2.9m Naira In Benue

Ponzi Scheme: Benue Scammer Defraud Widow Of 2.9m NairaUsually, the practice is to give help to the widows but one Mrs Dauda Maiduguri seems to have a pathetic story to tell.

She says she has been defrauded 2.9 million Naira by one Philemon Ibrahim of Global Funds International who is being interrogated by the Police.

The Benue State Commissioner of Police, Mr Bashir Makama, is warning against such practices, advising Nigerians not to involve themselves in such ”get rich quick” means of getting money.

Benue Police Parades Kidnap Suspect

Skaters, Unregistered driversThe Benue State Police have arrested  a pastor on charges of kidnap and exploitation of three under aged children on their way to Lagos state for child labour.

The Public Relations officer of the command, ASP Moses Yamu who paradesdthe suspects in company of the Commissioner of Police, Mr Bashir Makama says, the pastor allegedly kidnapped the children for nefarious business in collaboration with other members of the syndicate in Lagos state.

The command also parades three other armed robbery suspects with assorted weapons and amunition, while the kidnap suspect denied the allegation, saying the parents of the under aged children gave their consent before travelling with them.

Benue State Terminates Terwase Akwaza’s Amnesty Pardon

Benue, Samuel Ortom on Terwase Akwaza's Amnesty PardonThe Benue State security council today, approved the termination of the amnesty pardon and the agricultural product tax collection contract earlier granted, Mr Terwase Akwaza.

Mr Akwaza, also known as Ghana, is said to have evaded arrest on sundry allegations, including murder and kidnapping.

Amnesty pardon and the agricultural produce tax collection contract were granted Mr Terwase Akwaza when he gave up his underworld lifestyle.

The approval for the rights to be withdrawn was issued on Monday at a security meeting convened by Governor Samuel Ortom at the Government House, to review the status of last Saturday’s military invasion of Gbise village to apprehend Ghana.

Governor Ortom, his deputy, Mr Benson Abounu and security chiefs, were present at the security council meeting which lasted for Six hours.

At the end of the meeting, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Bashir Makama, said, although Ghana evaded arrest, property used by the suspects to perpetrate criminal activities, including armed bunkers, were destroyed.

On the sideline of the security meeting, the Director of Personnel Management of Katsina Ala Council Area, Barnabas Jadu, denied any protest by Gbise community against the military invasion.

At the end of the meeting, the commissioner of police, led other security chiefs out to intensify efforts aimed at returning peace to the area.

He told reporters that Ghana was still at large.

Benue Herdsmen: Police Advocate Peaceful Approach To End Crisis

Benue, Police, HerdsmenThe Benue State Police Command says that it is deploying peace pact mechanism and the carrot approach to end the persistent armed herdsmen attacks on farming communities in the state.

The new Commissioner of Police, Mr Bashir Makama, disclosed this to reporters in Makurdi, the state capital in north-central Nigeria.

Mr Makama also informed journalists that his deployment briefs include ending the farmers and herdsmen crisis forthwith.

He urged opinion and community leaders to join the task of ensuring dialogue whenever there is a perceived grievance and not a resort to violence as a means of seeking justice.