The Benue State Police Command has arrested four persons for alleged involvement in banditry and kidnapping activities in the state.
Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, SP Sewuese Anene said Ordoonku Kusuv, Msughter Tayough and Liambee Adeadegh also known as Don-Konyo were arrested in Sankera axis of the State by Operation Zenda JTF over banditry activities.
“As part of follow up on clampdown on bandits and their activities in Sankera axis of Benue state, officers of the Operation Zenda JTF trailed and arrested some members of a viscous syndicate led by one Anyogor Mnguor and Terhemen Mzaga also known as Fullfire.
“This gang members specialised in kidnapping, attacking and killing members of the public. The most recent is the gruesome murder of innocent people at Akpuna community on July 21 in Ukum local government area”.
She disclosed that the force recovered nine rounds of 7.62x39mm live ammunition from them during the arrest.
Anene further stated that one Sonter Tyozughul was also arrested in connection with the kidnap of Dr Asema Msuega a resident doctor at General Hospital Ukum on July 23, who had been released, adding that the suspect had confessed to have been actively involved in the crime.
She said that Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers and Tactical Commanders had been directed to clamp down on illegal fabrication, sales, possession and use of prohibited firearms in the state.
“Individuals involved in unlawful possession of arms and light weapons are hereby warned to submit such illegally possessed weapons to the police at the nearest police station. This voluntary act does not attract any penalty.
“Members of the public are hereby urged to report all suspicious firearms related activities to their local police stations.
“This process is part of efforts to fight firearm related offences and create an environment suitable for peaceful coexistence”, she stated.