<<< By Charles Iornumbe and Richard Uleve of Radio Benue >>>
The Benue State joint security task force has shot and killed two suspected criminals said to be members of the gang of a wanted notorious gangster, Mr Terwase Akwaza, also known as Ghana in a joint operation earlier in the day.
Briefing newsmen at the state police headquarters in Makurdi, Police Commissioner, Mr Bashir Makama, stated that those shot dead while trying to escape arrest were Atondo Ibya and David Nyior.
Three others, John Tsehe with two brothers, Sonter and Aondoaseer Swende, were arrested.
“It is an ongoing joint security operation, as you can see the Director of state security is here, the commanding officer of 72 special forces battalion and other security agencies are all here”, he stated.
“This is a continuation of the search and onslaught on criminals in their hideouts”.
The Police commissioner explained that the late Ibya was said to be the ring leader of those who attacked and killed 10 people in Singa village in Katsina-Ala local government area few days ago.
He said various sets of Nigeria Army uniforms, a vest of charms, a car and several plate numbers, including foreign diplomatic ones, were recovered from the suspects.
According to Mr Makama, other suspects escaped during the operation which took place near Gbishe and appealed to members of the public with useful information about them to alert the security agencies.
The Police commissioner also disclosed that one Patrick Uchenna from Anambra was arrested with two sets of generators which were being conveyed to Nasarawa when they were intercepted and arrested while the J5 conveying them was also impounded and brought to the Police headquarters.
Mr Makama also urged members of the public not to harbour criminals but rather expose them saying the fight against crime was everybody’s responsibility.
Other members of the state security council including the commanding officer of The 72 special forces battalion, Col Muhammad Nura Inuwa, a representative of the Director of the state security services as well as Security Adviser to the Governor, Col Edwin Jando, rtd were present during the briefing.