The Benue State Police Command has apprehended four individuals suspected of being involved in banditry and kidnapping activities within the state. The arrest was announced in a statement released on Tuesday by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Sewuese Anene, and provided to the media in Makurdi.
The individuals arrested include Ordoonku Kusuv, Msughter Tayough, and Liambee Adeadegh, who is also known as Don-Konyo. They were apprehended in the Sankera area of the state by Operation Zenda JTF due to their alleged involvement in banditry.
In the statement, SP Sewuese Anene explained, “As part of our ongoing efforts to crack down on bandits and their activities in the Sankera axis of Benue state, officers of the Operation Zenda JTF trailed and arrested some members of a vicious syndicate led by one Anyogor Mnguor and Terhemen Mzaga, also known as Fullfire. This gang specializes in kidnapping, attacking, and killing members of the public, with their most recent heinous act being the gruesome murder of innocent people in Akpuna community on July 21 in the Ukum local government area.”
During the arrests, the police recovered nine rounds of 7.62x39mm live ammunition from the suspects.
Additionally, one Sonter Tyozughul was arrested in connection with the kidnapping of Dr. Asema Msuega, a resident doctor at General Hospital Ukum, on July 23. Dr. Msuega had since been released, and the suspect reportedly confessed to his involvement in the crime.
The statement also mentioned that Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, and Tactical Commanders have been instructed to crack down on illegal firearm fabrication, sales, possession, and use in the state. The public has been warned against unlawful possession of firearms and urged to surrender any illegally possessed weapons to the nearest police station without facing penalties for doing so.
Members of the public were encouraged to report any suspicious activities related to firearms to their local police stations as part of efforts to combat firearm-related offenses and foster a peaceful coexistence in the state.