The Nigerian Police have arrested a notorious gang of dealers in prohibited firearms and ammunition in Benue and Taraba States and recovered from them Ten (10) AK47 Rifles and other assorted firearms and ammunition.
The Eleven (11) suspects were responsible for the selling and supplies of AK47 rifles, other firearms and ammunition to armed bandit, Militias and criminal herdsmen/farmers in Benue and Taraba state.
This was disclosed by the force public relations officer at the Benue state police command, headquarters on Tuesday.
1st Case: Suspects of illegal firearms dealers were identified as;
i. Morris Ashwe 36yrs Native of Mbajima Village Katsina Ala LGA Benue State (Working for Terwase Akwaza aka Ghana)
Recovered from him 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
The suspect 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. He confessed and admitted to have been supplying firearms and ammunition to the notorious and most wanted vicious and notorious gang leader of militia, murderers and kidnappers Terwase Akwaza aka Ghana who was declared wanted by the Nigeria Police Force for the merciless killings of several innocent persons and wanton destruction of properties worth Millions of Naira, at ZakiBiam in Benue State on 20th March, 2017 and for other violent crimes such as Culpable Homicide, Mischief by Fire and Criminal Conspiracy and the killing of Mr. Deneen Igbana (late) the Special Adviser on Security to the Governor of Benue State.
2nd Case: Suspects of illegal firearms dealers were identified as;
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 them were
i. Five (5) AK47 Rifles
ii. Thirteen (13) AK47 Magazines
iii. Eighty Three (83) Rounds of AK47 Ammunition
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. They 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.
3rd Case – Kidnappers/Armed Robbers were identified as;
i. Emmanuel Ushehemba Kwembe 28yrs Native of Ushongo LGA Benue state,
ii. Sekad Uver 28yrs Native of Koshisha LGA Benue State,
iii. Ordure Fada 22yrs Native of Kwande LGA Benue State,
iv. Stephen Jirgba 18yrs Native of Vande kya LGA Benue State
v. Peter Lorham 24yrs Native of Kinshisha LGA Benue State
vi. Achir Gabriel 30yrs Native of Ushongo LGA Benue State,
vii. Lorhemen Akwambe 35yrs Native of Guma LGA Benue State.
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 them. They confessed to have been responsible for several kidnappings in Benue, Taraba and Some part of Nasarawa State in the recent past.
The PRO stated that investigation is being on-going to arrest other suspects at large and all suspects will be arraigned in court on completion of investigation.
He added that 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.
However, he assured the people of Benue and other contiguous state of its commitment to sustain the peaces that have been restored in those states.