- The Benue state police recovers 1,427 cartridges of 5.56 mm live ammunition
- Spokesman for the command, ASP Moses Yamu, says the achievement was made possible through a security report
- He said passengers arrested with the arms were being interrogated, adding that they would soon be charged to court
The Police in Benue said they had intercepted 1,427 cartridges of 5.56 mm live ammunition along Makurdi -Lafia road.
The Police Spokesman in the state, ASP Moses Yamu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Makurdi that the ammunition were concealed in a Volkswagen salon bus with registration number: GBK 226 XA.
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Yamu said the feat was achieved through a security report that some miscreants were planning a robbery attack along Makurdi-Lafia road.
He said the command, therefore, deployed its operations’ crack team, “Operation Zenda”, led by SP Justin Gberindyer, to abort the planned robbery, while the arms were recovered during a “Stop-And-Search Operation” on the road.
He said the police were interrogating the five passengers arrested with the arms in the vehicle and that they would soon be charged to court.
The Police spokesman also confirmed the arrest of one Garba Ibrahim, a herdsman, over the killing of a fisherman man in Logo Government Area.
Yamu said the police had yet to make any arrest over any infringement of the Anti-Open Grazing Law recently introduced by the State Government.
“Since the beginning of the implementation of the anti-grazing law in the state, we have yet to make any arrest.
“So far, we have received a case of culpable homi*ide where a fisherman was killed and another injured by herdsmen and we promptly intervened and arrested one of the culprits, Garba Ibrahim, who was in possession of a locally made pistol with three live cartridges,” he said.
Earlier, NAIJ.com reported that the Nigeria police paraded some suspected criminal elements said to be specialized in kidnapping, armed robbery and car snatching.
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The different gangs paraded by the police reportedly operate in the Abuja-Kaduna, Abuja-Minna-Bida, Birnin Gwari-Funtua and Abuja-Lokoja highways.
They were arrested as a result of the Operation Absolute Sanity, which was recently strengthened with additional police personnel and needed logistics by the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris.
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