Benue State Police Command has paraded criminals involved in sundry crimes and warned that it would not compromise the security of the state with anybody no matter how highly placed.
The new commissioner of police in the state, Mr. Audu Adams disclosed this yesterday during an interactive session with newsmen in Makurdi, the state capital.
The CP who also tasked Divisional Police Officers, DPOs, to take biometrics of members of vigilante groups in the state, urged them to collaborate with the vigilante bodies and ensure that they operate within the dictates of the law.
The Command paraded several crime suspects; among them a quartet; Philip David, Owoicho Egwa, Ochai Obeh and Osuga Ezekiel who were alleged to be instrumental to the mysterious death of Rasaki Lukman, state manager of West African Milk Company, WAMCO.
Items recovered from the suspects included 2010 model of Toyota, six GSM handsets with two Sim cards, one vehicle plate number; CE 253 AKD, one clipper, printer machine, two black belts and pieces of twine rope.
Another arrest was the one that involved one Atagher Eryum, a cashier with the state Ministry of Finance and Adoja Odugbo, a driver in the ministry who both alleged that the sum of N17.8million which they went to withdraw from the bank was snatched from them by armed robbers.
The Police rushed to the scene, about 100 meters to the state secretariat and in the process recovered an AK 47 rifle magazine containing 27 rounds of ammunition from the pocket of the driver and suspected that the robbery was concocted.
Also paraded were two herdsmen; Mohammed Yau and Zakari Yau who were suspected to have stolen 43 cows belonging to the Catholic Bishop of Otukpo, Bishop Michael Apochi. While 41 of the cows, according to the CP were recovered, Fidelis Gor, one of the herdsmen to the Bishop who was abducted was found dead the following day while his counterpart, Jacob Biir escaped.
The CP, who said he would intensify effort to ensure adherence to the 8.00 pm deadline given to commercial motor cycle riders in the state, also disclosed that policemen have been posted to flash points in the state like Agatu and Guma local government areas following the security challenges posed to farmers by Fulani herdsmen in those areas.