By PeterÂ Duru
Makurdi – The Benue State Police Command has arrested a group of mercenaries who were allegedly engaged by the feuding communities of Uyough and Nyiev in Kwande local government council of the state.
Parading the six suspects before newsmen in Makurdi, the state Police Commissioner, Alh Ibrahim Mohammed disclosed that the Police has successfully restored peace in Kwande but maintained that his men would continue to apprehend all those behind the crisis to forestall future outbreak.
He regretted that the warring communities had to resort to engaging militias to prosecution the protracted crisis warning that anyone caught in connection to the crisis would not escape prosecution.
Mohammed hence advised all those fomenting trouble in the area to desist or be prepared to face prosecution stresing that the police would not be deterred in its determination to check the crisis.
He further disclosed that all the arrested persons would be prosecuted to serve as deterrent to other mercenaries who now find it lucrative to operate as paid bandits.
According to the Commissioner, â€œwe will not spare anyone caught fanning the ember of war in any part of this state because so many innocent persons have continued to loose their lives and properties to such crisis despite governmentâ€™s persistent pleas to the feuding communities to allow peace to reignâ€.
â€œThat is the more reason why we will go all out to apprehend all those behind the crisis at the rural communities in order to effectively check the menaceâ€, he said.
Meanwhile, the Police Commissioner also disclosed that items recovered from the arrested group include, three locally made guns, assorted charms and some 30 live ammunition.
One of the suspects who spoke to Vanguard on grounds of anonymity confessed to have played a leading role in the crisis.
He stated that he was arrested at Tyo Adikpo market while still in possession of his charms, war ornaments and fire arms.
The mercenary regretted his role in the crisis that plagued Kwande in a long time lamenting that poverty forced him into banditry.