16 sus­pects pa­raded over cultism in Benue

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Hope Abah, Makurdi

The po­lice in Benue State have ar­rested 16 peo­ple in con­nec­tion with cult ac­tiv­i­ties which led to the death of one Muham­madu Hudu at the North bank area of Makurdi.

Spokesman of the po­lice in the state, ASP Moses Joel Yamu, who pa­raded the sus­pects at the com­mand head­quar­ters yes­ter­day, said the Spe­cial Anti-Rob­bery Squad (SARS) raided the hide­outs of the sus­pects and ar­rested them.

Yamu said the stab­bing to death of Hudu at Udei Street in North bank last Satur­day and a reprisal which left one Ben­jamin Ory­ima se­verely in­jured by ri­val cultists pro­pelled the raid on Nortth bank and Ter­wase Ag­badu sub­urbs by po­lice op­er­a­tives.

He gave the names of those ar­rested as Abubakar Ya­haya, Isah Suleiman, Mo­hammed Dawaki, Sal­isu Ab­dul­lahi, Kenneth Udeh, Ibrahim Adamu, Terfa John, Terso At­sor, Des­mond Nor, Ivanger Vi­hinga, Terso Moses, Fred Mngutor, Ior­bunde Daniel, Solomon Ashave, Ogbu Hycinth and Peter Ameh.

The po­lice spokesman said that a lo­cally-made pistol and two sin­gle barrel guns were re­cov­ered from the sus­pects, adding that they would soon be charged to court.

In an in­ter­view with our cor­re­spon­dent, one of the sus­pects, Abubakar Ya­haya, who claimed to be a 300-level stu­dent of the Yobe State Univer­sity, de­nied any knowl­edge of the crime.

Sim­i­larly, Fred Mgutor, a driver with the Fed­eral Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture, said he had just re­turned from the day’s work at about 4:20pm on Mon­day when the po­lice op­er­a­tives in­vaded his fam­ily home at Ter­wase Agabdu and whisked him away along­side his younger brother in the pres­ence of their mother.

Mgun­tor said he was an hon­est civil ser­vant who knew noth­ing about the in­ci­dent he was ar­rested for.

Photo: Hope Abah

The sus­pects pa­raded yes­ter­day at the Po­lice head­quar­ters in Makurdi.

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