Po­lice lose four of­fi­cers to herders’ at­tacks in Benue

Ar­rest sus­pected kid­nap­pers in Kebbi

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - FRONT PAGE - From Joseph Wantu (Makurdi) and Ah­madu Baba Idris (Birnin kebbi)

THE Benue Po­lice Com­mand says it has lost no fewer than four per­son­nel to herds­men’s at­tacks at Any­ibe, near Ay­il­amo in Logo coun­cil area of the state.

The force spokesman, Moses Yamu, in a state­ment yes­ter­day in Makurdi, said the on­slaught be­gan around 6p.m. on Sun­day and lasted till yes­ter­day morn­ing.

The state­ment reads in part: “The Benue State Po­lice Com­mand re­grets to re­port that its per­son­nel came under at­tack of in­sur­gents at Any­ibe, Logo lo­cal gov­ern­ment area be­tween 1800hrs of yes­ter­day (Sun­day), April 15, 2018 and early morn­ing of to­day (yes­ter­day). “Sadly, at the mo­ment, four ca­su­al­ties have been suf­fered by the po­lice.

“Ad­di­tional re­in­force­ment (in­clud­ing the Air As­set of the Po­lice) de­ployed by the In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice is on the trail of the mur­der­ous gang.

“They shall def­i­nitely be ap­pre­hended with their weapons of de­struc­tion and made to face the full wrath of the law. ”

Also con­firm­ing the in­ci­dent, the coun­cil chair­man, Richard Nyajo said the death toll might rise.

He said the at­tack was car­ried out by herds­men who am­bushed a po­lice pa­trol team in the area, adding that some per­sons were still miss­ing.

His words: “You know I can not con­firm the spe­cific num­ber of peo­ple killed now. The at­tack was an am­bush, and in that kind of sit­u­a­tion, peo­ple nor­mally flee in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions. So as they are com­ing out, they come with dif­fer­ent ver­sions of the in­ci­dent.

“We are still com­pil­ing the re­port but all we know for now is that peo­ple were at­tacked and killed by the herds­men.”

The lat­est makes it sec­ond of such at­tacks on a po­lice pa­trol within the axis. The first equally claimed four of­fi­cers.

How­ever, the Kebbi com­mand of the force has ar­rested four sus­pected kid­nap­pers in Koko-basse Lo­cal Coun­cil of the state and re­cov­ered N800,000 ran- som from them. They had al­legedly col­lected N500,000 and N300,000 from their vic­tims be­fore luck ran out on them.

The­guardian learnt that the sus­pects had kid­napped Al­haji Aliyu Abubakar Dikko Ardo and got N300,000 out of the N3 mil­lion ran­som de­manded from his fam­ily. They had also ab­ducted an­other vic­tim, whose name could not be traced im­me­di­ately and col­lected a N500,000 ran­som from his fam­ily.

A re­li­able source told news­men yes­ter­day in Birnin Kebbi that “the sus­pected kid­nap­pers called the vic­tim’s fam­ily and asked for N3 mil­lion, but could not get the money. They were able to gather N500,000 and he was re­leased af­ter pay­ment.”

The Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer (PPRO), DSP Mustapha Suleiman, who con­firmed the de­vel­op­ment, gave the names of the sus­pect as Mo­ham­madu Many (aka Amadu); Muham­madu Muham­mad; Umar Mo­ham­madu and Ab­dulka­rim Isiya.

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