By; ARCHIBONG ESUENE, Makurdi
In decisive efforts to clamp down on criminal elements in Benue State, the State Police Command, has arrested 31 suspected criminals during joint operations by the police and other security operatives.
The newly posted Commissioner of Police Mr George Chukwu, who disclosed this during an interactive session with journalists at the Police headquarters in Makurdi, hinted that ten arms were recovered, while, two kidnapped victims rescued during the operation.
He explained that on December 3, the Police in Gboko received distress calls that armed robbers were robbing at Ayaba in Gboko, and that a team of Police Officers on patrol in the area swiftly moved to the scene and pursued the robbers to a nearby bush where four of them were arrested including Sangeun Ngugs male 23 years, Vershima Yaasa 23, Aondofa Targema 18 and Terngu Gbam age 17 of various addresses.
Items recovered from the the suspects according to the Commissioner include; one Toyota Jeep, plasma Tv and their operational motorcycle, pointing out that one Terfa Msugh, owner of the motorcycle was also arrested.
Speaking further on some of the remarkable successes of the Venue State Police Command, Mr Chukwu said that on December 2, one Mark Akpobari 27 of Rivers State origin, a corp member at the Wannune Orientation camp was on his way to Port Harcourt when he came into contact with one Iji Joseph at Wurukum, Makurdi.
According to the Commissioner the meeting did not end well as Joseph raised an alarm that the corp member stole his genital organ which attracted a mob attacked on the corp member beaten up until a police patrol team intervened, ” victim was taken to a hospital for treatment while the suspect arraigned in court for defamation of character and assault as medical report pointed to the contrary”
Speaking on the Yuletide period, the Benue Police boss want members of public that the Command was carrying out operations to secure the state, warning that the ban on knockouts is still in force.
He Implored parents and guardians to caution their children and wards against acts capable of breeching peace, adding that the Police will arrest anybody found violating the order during the periods, promising to sustain and maintain a cordial working relationship with the media community in the State.