* arrest 25 other criminal suspects for various heinous crimes
* recover 6 AK47 rifles, cache of live ammunition and other incriminating items
Police Operatives of the Intelligence Response Team have arrested two (2) suspects for the kidnap of a Medical Doctor, Audu Benedict, his son and one of his associates in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State while travelling from Taraba State to Abuja on 10th March, 2019.
Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, said the suspects, Henry Terkula Gwa, ‘m’, 25yrs, from Donga Local Government Area of Benue State and Terhile Tsavbe, ‘m’, 30yrs, from Gawa village, Katsina-ala Local Government Area of Benue State were arrested on the 6th and 11th June, 2020, following intense search for the victims and manhunt for the perpetrators by the Police team.
Mba said investigations revealed that the criminal gang collected 7.5million naira as ransom from the families of the victims as condition for their release.
He said the suspects forced the late Dr Audu Benedict to issue them a cheque of N500, 000.00 which they cashed in a commercial bank in Gboko town, Benue State.
Mba also revealed that the suspects killed the 3 victims and had them buried in a shallow grave at Gawa in Katsina-ala Local Government Area of Benue State.
He said effort is being intensified to arrest other suspects still at large and the police team is on the verge of exhuming the remains of the slain victims.
He also disclosed that the Police have arrested 25 other criminal suspects for their involvements in varying cases of kidnapping, armed robbery and illegal possession of prohibited firearms currently under investigations.
Mba said the suspects were members of high-profile criminal gangs terrorizing communities and major highways of the North-Central and North-West States of the country.
He said exhibits recovered by the police team from the suspects included: 6 AK47 rifles, three (3) locally fabricated pump action guns, One (1) locally fabricated pistol, 2 dane guns, 55 rounds of AK47 ammunition, 4 empty magazines, one (1) laptop computer and One (1) Toyota Corolla Car with REG No. MKD13 RC.
He said all the suspects would be charged to court at the conclusion of investigations.
Mba further stated that the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu had assured that the battle against criminal elements in the country was a continuous one.
He called for all hands to be on deck towards decisive victory and reclaiming of the public space from the criminal elements.