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Police Arrest 4 Over Jan. 1 Benue Killings


The Benue State Police Command has arrested four suspects in connection with the January 1 massacre in the state.
The suspects were also arrested over the killing of Sgt Solomon Dung and other police officers.
The command said the arrest was in line with the directives of Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, who had ordered that all persons involved in the killings in Benue State and those in possession of police AK47 rifles and other dangerous weapons should be disarm immediately.
According to the police, suspects were arrested in Tunga town in Nasarawa State between February 16 and 19, 2018.
Among those arrested include Alhaji Laggi, 40, the mastermind and gang leader of the herdsmen group, Mallam Mumini Abdullahi, 34; Muhammed Adamu, 30; and Ibrahim Sule, 32.
The suspects who were said to have confessed to the killings also revealed names of gang members.
The police said: “Four principal suspects were arrested in Tunga town between February 16 and 19, 2018 by the IRT in connection with the killing of Sgt Solomon Dung, other police officers and many innocent citizens in Benue State.
“Alhaji Laggi is the gang leader of the herdsmen group that perpetrated the killings. He and three others have confessed to the killings and mentioned gang members in possession of the police rifles they took from the slain police officers.”
The Inspector-General of Police had vowed to fish out perpetrators of the January 1 attacks on Benue villages.
The attackers invaded five villages in Guma and Logo Local Governments where they killed 73 persons and displaced 50,000 others.
Idris, who paid a courtesy call on the Tor Tiv, James Ayatse in Makurdi, said that security agents were already combing all corners toward apprehending the gunmen.
He called on traditional rulers to cooperate with security agencies in the efforts to restore law and order in Benue.

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