By Dooshinma Jose
The Benue State Police Command has arrested two suspected robbers in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.
A team of detectives arrested the suspects, who were said to be students of Joseph Sawuan Tarka University, (formerly known as the Federal University of Agriculture) Makurdi.
The suspects who were arrested last Wednesday, June 15, 2022, were identified as Sapele Great and Hakem Adi.
A statement issued by the State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Catherine Anene, says the suspects had, in early April, broken into a house at New GRA, Makurdi, and made away with debit cards, phones, and other belongings.
“The robbers transferred N300,000 from the victim’s accounts using the stolen ATM cards.
“The Commissioner of Police deployed a team of detectives to trail and arrest the suspects but the suspects, who knew that they were being trailed, took to their heels until June 15, 2022, when two of the suspects; Sapele Great and Hakem Adi of different addresses in Makurdi were arrested,” the P PPRO said.
The command spokesperson listed items recovered from the suspects to include one locally-made pistol loaded with nine rounds of 6mm live ammunition, eight phones suspected to be stolen, one electronic shocking device, 18 SIM cards of different networks, one United Bank for Africa cheque book belonging to Agasha Philemon Assume and other electronic devices suspected to be used for internet fraud.
“These suspects confessed to being cultists, armed robbers, and fraudsters. The investigation is ongoing to arrest other suspects involved,” the PPRO added.