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Police, Cult War Loom In Benue

Benue; Police, Cult war loom in Benue
Posted: Aug 16, 2016 at 3:32 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Tor Vande-Acka

Makurdi – Police, cult war loom in Benue as Bashir Makama, the new police commissioner for the state, reads the riot act to suspected cultists and dare-devil armed robbers operating in various parts of the state.

This is coming two weeks after his resumption and eight months when suspected cultists killed seven people at the Federal University of Agriculture (FUAM), in Makurdi.

Independent recalled that January, this year, suspected cultists stormed FUAM and murdered six students of the institution.

These students were residing at a private lodge known as Shammah hotel, located within the university community. A private guard at the lodge was also killed.

Head, Public Relations Unit of the institution, Mrs Rosemary Waku, who confirmed the incident, said it was shocking and unfortunate.

However, Makama told journalists that 51 suspected cultists and robbers were arrested by the police and 21 firearms and 68 live ammunition recovered from them.

The motivation for the Benue CP may have come from the state governor, Samuel Ortom, who on August 9, this year during the state security council meeting commended security agencies in Benue for the manner they handled the Gbishe operation penultimate Saturday.

The manner security agents in Benue also tamed the rampaging activities of Fulani militia in Agatu, Buruku, Logo, Tarka, and Ukum local government areas, were also commended

Speaking through Bem Melladu, acting secretary to the State Government, Ortom stated that “the council noted that the agencies operated within the rules of engagement focusing on their target and avoiding loss of lives as well as destruction of property outside their brief”.

The governor however regretted that the main target, Terwase Akwaza, alias Ghana, escaped arrest this time but directed the agencies to intensify efforts to arrest him and members of his gang.

But, Makama said that the police also recovered four vehicles, three motor bikes, 250kg of Cannabis (Indian hemp), complete military uniforms as well as some illicit drugs among other fifteen exhibits from the suspects, who were paraded before newsmen.

His words: “Suspected criminals in Benue should repent or face the “music” since there is no hiding place for them in the state”.