By Peter Duru
MAKURDI— The Benue State Police Command has arrested 15 suspected robbers, including a woman.
They were nabbed in connection with recent robbery cases within Makurdi, the Benue State capital and its environs.
Also recovered from the suspects were four locally made pistols, one locally made Barretta and one AK-47 rifle which was recently snatched from a Police sergeant, Bawa Egoja, that was murdered by suspected robbers.
Parading the suspects, weekend, at the Police headquarters in Makurdi, the state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Superintendent (SP) Daniel Ezeala, said the gang members were arrested in Adikpo, Daudu and in Makurdi town
According to him, “the Police, few days ago received a distress call from a security personnel at the Benue Links Motor Park that some robbers had gained access into the park.
“Our men stormed the place and on sighting the Police they took to their heels, but we arrested Terna Mbanange and on searching him, two locally-made pistols were recovered.
AK-47 rifle, 5 pistols recovered
“While this was going on, people within the vicinity called the attention of our men to a bag hidden at the Wurukum market by one of the fleeing gang members and it was found to contain an AK-47 rifle with 37 live ammunition.
“The gun was the same one snatched from late Sergeant Egoja by suspected robbers who also killed him on July 31, 2014.
“The duo of Shahemba Gaadi and Terseer Ajiir were also arrested, after being declared wanted by the police in connection with recent robbery cases in Makurdi town.
“Both of them were arrested in their hideout at Abu King Shuluwa Road on a tip-off. The Police recovered one locally-made pistol and four live ammunition from them.
“Also arrested in the last few days were John Kambe, Apeh Reuben, Torkuma Age, Terna Iorkyaan, Monday Ikpa, Ngudoom Iohemen a woma, Shikaar Cosmos, Orgs Shikaar and Simon Kwanough. They were arrested in Makurdi, Daudu and Adikpo for various crimes.”