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Police arrest mastermind of New Year killings in Benue, 3 others

By Kingsley Omonobi

Abuja—The Police Intelligence Response Team, IRT, under the office of Inspector General of Police, have arrested the ringleader of the herdsmen and three other kingpins, who carried out the killing of scores of Benue citizens, following the enactment of the law against open grazing by the Benue State government.


A senior Police source attached to the IGP’s IRT disclosed that the ringleader, along with three other suspected killers, were nabbed in Tunga town, Nasarawa State.

The officer said: “In line with the directives of the Inspector General, Ibrahim Idris, on the arrest of all persons involved in the killings in Benue State and those in possession of AK-47 rifles and other prohibited arms, four principal suspects were arrested in Tunga town, Nasarawa State,  between February 16 and 19 by IRT in connection with the killing of Sergeant Solomon Dung and other Police officers and many innocent citizens in Benue State.

“They are Alhaji Laggi, 40, mastermind and gang leader of the herdsmen group; Mallam Mumini Abdullahi, 34; Muhammed Adamu, 30, and Ibrahim Sule, 32.

“They have confessed to the killings and mentioned other gang members in possession of the Police rifles they took from the slain officers as well as others in possession of arms.

“Security agents have commenced follow-up operations in Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa states.

“The DIG Operations, who is heading the operations, has spoken more on behalf of the Inspector General of Police on the investigation.”



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