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Two Suspected Armed Robbers Arrested In Benue Nigeria
Two suspected armed men with a large cache of arms have been arrested by the Benue State Police Command. The armed men who were alleged to have in recent time been terrorizing Kwande, Vandeikya and Ushongo local government areas of the state were nabbed following a tip off. Commissioner of Police, Mr. Adams Audu, while parading the suspects at the Command headquarters in Makurdi, said, the gang was arrested at their operational base and hideout at Tsemke village, Vandeikya while preparing for an operation. According to him, the gang had been responsible for grave robbery and killings in that area of the state, adding that three members of the gang however, escaped during an exchange of gunfire with his men. Audu said, “today (last Wednesday) at about 11:30 hours, a team of Police Patrol Officers while on duty at Vandeikya received a distress call that a gang of armed robbers was in their hide out at Tsemke village preparing to strike their victims. “The patrol officers stormed the area, and on arriving at the scene, they were greeted with a heavy gunfire by the suspected armed men, and during the exchange of gunfire, Messrs Terkimbi Msuega and Aondohemba Tyo were arrested while three others escaped. My men also recovered from the gang, one AK-47 rifle with 30 rounds of live ammunition; one FMC rifle with 18 rounds of live ammunition. “Also recovered were one pump action rifle with seven rounds of live cartridges; 12 empty shells of expended ammunition, five extra magazines with 150 rounds of live ammunition and one blue Volkswagen Sharon bus with registration number Benue, WNN 59 XA.” Audu therefore asked for the co-operation of members of the public to enable his command achieve its set targets. While hinting that his men were on the trail of the other three fleeing suspects, Mr. Audu called for vigilance and urged the people of the state to avail the police of information that would lead to their arrest.