The Benue State Police Command Thursday nabbed four fake Navy Officers and 11 other suspects over alleged kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, child trafficking, and illegal arms manufacturing.
Concise News understands that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mukaddas Garba, told newsmen in Makurdi that the fake Naval personnel are Stephen Oguniran, Daniel Igiho, Ada Ngbede, and Ada Ofugocho.
He said that they were arrested on July 31 at an illegal checkpoint at Okenyi, Okpoga Road, where the fake officers were extorting money from motorists.
He also said one Terna Taga, 18, was arrested for allegedly raping and impregnating a 10-year-old girl (name withheld).
“The police recovered two more AK47 rifles, two single barrel pump actions, two locally made pistol, four magazines, one gas cylinder, assorted gun manufacturing tools and charms,” he said.
The commissioner said that the command also arrested one Daniel Achogwu for alleged child trafficking.
He said Achogwu, a resident of Otukpo town, took a pregnant girl to Aba, Abia State, where she was delivered of a child that he later sold to an unknown person.
Garba said one Emmanuel Ilom was arrested with a locally-made gun and a cartridge during a Stop-and-Search Operation in Ugbokolo.
He said the Force also arrested one Msonga Akujor, a resident at Jootar village in Ukum Local Government, with AK47 rifle during a raid.
Garba said one Ahmed Ali was arrested during an armed robbery attack at Ankpa Street, Otukpo town, following a distress call by some residents
“Ali was arrested with a locally made pistol and charms and confessed that his gang members were still at large,” he said.
He said the command recently deployed numerous strategies to fight crime in the state for the purpose of ensuring a peaceful environment.
He said through the new strategies, the command was able to “map out possible black spots in the state and deploy its manpower and resources to ensure that such places were secured.
“Operation Puff Adder is obviously securing the highways and local governments where kidnapping and armed robbery were rampant,” Garba said.
“These strategies have aided the prevention of crime in the state and the apprehension of offenders. Several offenders have been charged to court.”