The police in Benue State have arrested a member of the House of Assembly, Jonathan Agbidye, Concise News reports.
The lawmaker represents Katsina-Ala West Constituency.
He was nabbed for allegedly possessing a Toyota Hilux vehicle believed to belong to the late Justice Tine Tur.
According to The Nation, a notorious kingpin and wanted man, Terwase Akwaza, alias Gana allegedly sponsored Agbidye for the election “to represent him” in the House.
Gana, it was rumoured, had threatened that anyone who contested and defeated Agbidye would not remain alive to enjoy his tenure in the Assembly.
As a result of Gana’s threat, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in Katsina-Ala who contested against Agbidye refused to file a petition against INEC’s declaration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate as winner of the election.
Information has it that someone (name withheld) petitioned the Inspector-General of Police on the suspected criminal’s activities of Agbidye, including his ties with Gana.
The IGP, acting on the petition, according to sources, detailed his men to trail the Benue lawmaker and he was nabbed in possession of the alleged stolen Hilux vehicle.
Contacted, police spokesperson DSP Catherine Anene, said: “I am not aware of the arrest, but I know that the IGP Response Team is in Makurdi for special operations.”
Police nab 5 over alleged kidnapping, armed robbery in Niger
In related news, the Police in Niger have arrested five suspects for alleged kidnapping and armed robbery in Rafi and Mariga local government areas of the state.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Alhaji Usman Adamu, disclosed this to NAN in Minna on Thursday.
Usman said on October 18, one Alhaji Ibrahim Garkuwa of Tashan Kare reported at Kagara Police Division that some hoodlums who were armed with machete, stick and dressed in female Hijab (Muslim females gown) and face mask, invaded his house at Tashan Kare.
He said the criminals attacked Garkuwa’s wife and daughter, inflicting various degrees of injury on them.
The commissioner said that on receipt of the complaint, a team of Policemen from Kagara Division arrested the three suspects – Usman Daiyabu, 20, Mohammad Nata’ala, 20, and Afani Lawal, 23, of Tashan Kare .
He said that the suspects had confessed to the crime.
He said further investigation revealed that the suspects proceeded to the shop of one Hippolite Onyebor of the same address, broke his shop and carted away half of bag of rice, soft drinks, bread and some other items.
”We recovered one Hijab, faced mark,two knives, one phone, one iron and some sachets of Peak Milk from the suspects,” Usman said.
He said that the suspects would be charged to court on completion of investigation.
He also disclosed that on October 5 at about 1800 hours, one Sarkin Fulani Iro Aliyu of Kudun-Gure Fulani settlement, Kotonkoro, Mariga Local Government Area reported that some hoodlums numbering about five invaded his compound firing sporadically into the air and kidnapped his daughter, Defu Ibrahim, of the same address.