<<< By Daniel Pila >>>
The stick approach of the Benue State Government’s post-amnesty drive to end crime in parts of the state yielded another result today when security operatives arrested one Emmanuel Kumator, a trusted member of the gang controlled by wanted man Terwase Akwaza alias Ghana.
The incident took place at 2:45pm along Tor-Donga – Shiakper road in Katsina-Ala local government area of the state.
According to military sources, Emmanuel Kumator was apprehended by the villagers who handed him over to the security team.
Many members of the communities in that part of the state are said to be angry with the gang which they accuse of turning their area to a den of hoodlums and have vowed to assist security agencies to defeat the criminal group.
Items recovered from the suspect were 2 AKA47 magazines, 28 special rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 27 NATO rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 1 pair of camouflage uniform with a jungle cap, 1 stolen motorcycle, a bunch of charms, 9 assorted mobile phones, 1 cartridge and ammunition, 1 amnesty participant ID tag, several car and motorcycle keys and assorted phone chargers.
Governor Samuel Ortom had earlier today reaffirmed the commitment of his administration to the fight against crime in the state.
The Governor who spoke to journalists at Federal Medical Centre Apir, said his administration will neither surrender Benue to criminals nor compromise its resolve to chase the hoodlums out of the state.
He said the stick approach of the post-amnesty era has been yielding good results and will be sustained, urging the people of the state to go about their normal activities without fear as security operatives have been mobilised to deal with any individual or group fomenting trouble.