Benue: Court Remands 3 Over Alleged Terrorism, Kidnapping
Concise News reports that the defendants, Isaac Zever, Torbunde Iorsase and Terwase Aondoaseer, whose addresses were not provided, are also being tried for conspiracy, aiding and abetting.
The Prosecutor, ASP Michael Iorundu, told the court that the defendants were arrested on May 30, 2019, by men of the Operation Whirl Stroke of the state’s police command.
Iorundu said that the defendants had blocked a highway at Katsina-Ala and set up an illegal checkpoint through which they allegedly extorted road users.
The prosecutor said the defendants allegedly carried out the criminal act to raise money for the most wanted criminal in Benue, known as Terwase Akwaza, alias Ghana.
Iorundu told the court the prosecution would prove before the court the other charges levelled against the defendants when it opened its case. Read more here.
The Northern Governors’ Forum has condemned the killing of 25 people in Agatu, Benue, Concise News reports.
The victims were killed at a Church service at Okokolo village of Agatu Local Government Area of the state.
The forum in a statement by its Chairman, Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau, described the killings as a heinous crime that must not go unpunished.
The forum expressed regret that the incident occurred when relative peace had returned to the state.
The northern governors also commiserated with the Government and people of Benue over the petroleum tanker explosion in Ahumbe village along the ever busy Makurdi-Aliade-Otukpo road of Gwer West Local Government Area of the state.
The tragedy occurred on Monday, during which 50 people were killed while 100 others were injured.
“The northern governors are deeply saddened by the two ugly incidents and prayed for the repose of the souls of the victims,” the statement said.
The forum urged Gov. Samuel Ortom to rise above the tragedies and provide the leadership that brings hope to the people of the state.