Tayo AFOLABI 

 

Two students of Joseph Sawuan Tarka University, (formerly known as the Federal University of Agriculture) Makurdi, suspected to be armed robbers have been arrested in Makurdi, the Benue State capital. 

The suspects, identified as Sapele Great and Hakem Adi, were arrested by a team of detectives. 

According to the statement issued by the Benue State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Catherine Anene, it was said that the suspects had, in early April, broken into a house at New GRA, Makurdi, and made away with debit cards, phones, and other belongings. 

Anene said, “The robbers transferred N300,000 from the victim’s accounts using the stolen ATM cards. 

 “The Commissioner of Police deployed a team of detectives to trail and arrest the suspects but the suspects, who knew that they were being trailed, took to their heels until June 15, 2022, when two of the suspects -Sapele Great and Hakem Adi- of different addresses in Makurdi were arrested. 

The items recovered from the suspects according to the command spokesperson, include one locally-made pistol loaded with nine rounds of 6mm live ammunition, eight phones suspected to be stolen, one electronic shocking device, 18 SIM cards of different networks, one United Bank for Africa cheque book belonging to Agasha Philemon Assume and other electronic devices suspected to be used for internet fraud. 

“These suspects confessed to being cultists, armed robbers, and fraudsters. The investigation is ongoing to arrest other suspects involved,” the PPRO said. 

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