Benue: Court Remands Masquerades For Attacking Police Station

Some masquerades have been imprisoned by a magistrate’s court in Makurdi, capital of Benue State, for allegedly attacking a police station in Ado area of the state.

The court was told by Veronica Shaagee, the prosecution counsel, that the case was transferred from the divisional police headquarters, Ado, to state criminal investigation department, Makurdi, through letter number 3100/BNS/ADO/VOL.T/ dated July 24, 2019.

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Shaagee said on July 20 some group of youths numbering over 200 led 20 masquerades “Aketakpa” from Igumale town to the divisional police station and attacked the station.

She alleged that the group armed themselves with cutlasses, sticks, stones, and other dangerous weapons.

According to the counsel, the suspects attacked policemen at the station and inflicted injuries on officers identified as Gabriel Adole, Joseph Jato and Patrick Lawal.

She alleged that the suspects damaged one Toyota Hilux van with registration number DW348EKY, which she valued at N3 million.

She prayed the court for more time to enable the police to complete investigations in the matter.

Shaagee said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 97, 349, 231 and 329 of penal code laws of Benue 2004 and sections 100 of abduction, kidnapping, hostage-taking, secret cult and similar activities (prohibition) law of Benue, 2017.

NAN reports that Rose Iyorshe, the magistrate, refused the plea of the suspects and remanded them in the Makurdi medium prisons.

The suspects were charged on four counts of criminal conspiracy, trespass, attempt to commit culpable homicide, mischief and an act of terrorism.

The magistrate adjourned the case till August 26.