Benue/Plateau Clashes: Police Parade Suspects

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) on Tuesday paraded seven suspects, and a local council representative over links to alleged killings and attacks on communities in Benue State.

The police also paraded 13 suspects in connection to the recent spate of violence in Plateau State, north-central Nigeria.

Police spokesman, DCP Jimoh Moshood who paraded the suspects at the Force Headquarters in Abuja said principal suspect, Benjamin Tivfa is a Serving Honourable Councillor of Fidi Council Ward, Makurdi.

According to Moshood, Tivfa admitted to have supplied arms and ammunition to the bandits for their criminal activities, adding that two AK47 Rifles and 436 Rounds of AK47 ammunition were recovered from them by Police operatives.

He said four suspects who admitted to being members of the Benue State Livestock Guards included; Daniel Kyase, Alhaji Adajo Tomza, Msugh Teraki and Sunday Cheche.

Three other suspects paraded were: Victor Ganabe, Julius Avaan and Terkula Udeh.

He said the IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT) trailed and arrested six of the suspects in their hideout in a hotel in Naka village, Benue State and recovered the arms and ammunition.

Moshood said the bandits admitted to have carried out several killings and armed robbery attacks on innocent people in different locations in Benue State.

He also said 13 suspects have been arrested in connection with recent violent attacks in Plateau state, noting that eleven have already been paraded in Plateau state.

Moshood gave the names of eleven suspects to include: Biliaminu Abdullahi, Samaila Saleh, Muhammadu Kabiru, Aminu Mohammed and Alhassan Saidu.

Others are: Abubakar Adam, Gazali Isah, Hamza Inusa, Yahuza Yau, Dahiru Ahmed and Friday Musa.

He said exhibits recovered from them included five AK47 rifles and two live cartridges.

Two other suspects weren’t named so as not to jeopardize ongoing investigation.

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