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Two months of renewed onslaught against criminals and violent crimes across Benue State by the new Commissioner of Police in charge of the state, Mr. John Haruna has yielded an unprecedented results with the avalanche of arrests of men of the
underworld in parts of the state. The frontal measure against criminals in the State culminated in the arrest of 620 suspects most of who were apprehended with lethal weapons and sophisticated arms and ammunition. In fact, the ‘Operation Track Them Down’, introduced by the Benue State Police Command which is the biggest and most robust crime bursting operation in the state in recent time, has somewhat driven down the sudden rise in crime waves in Makurdi particularly, and other parts of the state in general.
Parading some of the arrested suspects at the Police Officers’ Mess in Makurdi,the Police Commissioner, Mr. John Haruna noted that the huge success recorded by his men in the last few weeks was a function of the determination of the command under his leadership to effectively tackle the menace of crimes and criminality in the state. Haruna said, “On assumption of duty here a few weeks ago, I made it quite clear that no crime shall go unpunished during my administration. I equally mapped out strategies for effective policing. Today, I am glad to inform you that these measures have not only yielded positive results but have placed Benue Command amongst the most peaceful and less crime-prone states in the Federation”. He added, “The measures my officers and I came up with have not only made the security problems to be tackled head-long, but also succeeded in checkmating activities of criminals in the state as a total number of 620 suspects have been arrested since my assumption of duty”, he said. A breakdown of the number of arrests shows that 300 suspects were arrested in Makurdi Area Command, 165 in Gboko Area Commad and 155 suspects were nabbed at the Otukpo Area Command.

The accomplishment of the Command resulted in the haul of  over fifteen AK 47 rifles, a military rifle number 20928, Assault rifles, locally-made AK 47 Magazine, Barrett pistols, live am munitions, Smoke pistols and Brownie pistols. A breakdown of the accomplishment of the men and officers of the State Command shows that on 22nd January, 2012, men of the Gboko Command acted on a distress call from a robbery victim at Agagu area of Gboko. The robbers, numbering about ten, had invaded the part of the town, robing and dispossessing residents
of money and other valuables. When the police
stormed the area, a gun duel that lasted over two
hours ensued, the robbers were overwhelmed with
three members of the gang arrested.
Items recovered from the dare-devil robbers
include; two AK 47 rifles with 38 rounds of live
ammunition, one Smoke Gunner with Cartridges,
one assault rifle with 34 rounds of live am
munitions, one brownie pistol with 30 rounds of
live ammunition, eight rounds of Barretta riffle
ammunitions and seven rounds of G3 rifle
Another gang that specializes in robbing innocent
victims along the Benue-Taraba boundaries were
also arrested by the Command few days ago.  The
recovery made from the gang include a Military
rifle, 20 rounds of live ammunition and a Toyota
Corola car with registration number AZ 717 MKD.
The renewed onslaught against violent crimes in the
State which was galvanized by the pledge of the
Commissioner of Police to institute a reward system
in the command also led to the arrest of a notorious
gang that specializes in the production and
distribution of AK 47 rifles along the Benue-Taraba
The Police Commiss-ioner  was visibly shocked  by
the acumen of the arms manufacturer, one Terheme
Sevar, in whose factory were found, one complete
AK 47 rifle, two English AK 47 magazines and one
locally made AK47 magazine.
Other items recovered from the ‘genius’ were one-
locally made Beretta pistol, one Beretta pistol under
construction, two AK 47 under construction, four
empty shells of Beretta pistol ammunition, two live
AK 47 ammunition and several tools for the
contraction of arms.
His arrest also led to the arrest of several robbers
and other members of the gang who engage in the
purchase, transportation and distribution of the
finished products.
According to the Benue State Police boss,
investigations into the activities of the gang also
revealed that “they are responsible for the snatching
of arms from policemen in Benue and Taraba states.
They are equally responsible in the sponsor of
assassinations in the two states as well as other
violent crimes especially at the Benue/Taraba
border. Two AK47 of the recovered arms were
snatched from the Police in Taraba State last
December”, he added.
The Police Commissioner who was amazed at the
sophistry of the locally-manufactured weapons
recovered from the group regretted that the arms
manufacturer resorted to deploying his immense
talent to aid the perpetration of evil in the state
rather than take advantage of the ample
opportunities to enlist into the force where his
artistry could be put to good use and better
appreciated and rewarded by the authorities.
Also in the net of the command are two members
of a gang who allegedly robbed and killed one
Omemnge Iyav on new year eve at Melaba village in
Ukum local government area.  Other fleeing
members of the gang are still being trailed by the
This is just as no fewer than 150 alleged armed
cultists were also apprehended in the last few
weeks by the command. Amongst them were those
who allegedly planned to assassinate a fellow
student in Wadata area of the town for refusing to
be enlisted into the group. Arms recovered from
this gang of cultists includes locally made pistols and
other dangerous weapons.
Mr. Haruna further revealed that the operation also
recorded a huge success in the arrest of some
criminally-minded Chadians, Cameroonians and
Nigeriens, 36 of whom were apprehended and
handed over to the Immigration Services for
investigation and possible repatriation to their
various countries.
He also disclosed the  arrest of two royal fathers of
Mbagwaza and Mbaadeka communities in Ushongo
Local Government Area of the State, (names with
held), alongside ten others who allegedly fueled the
crisis that engulfed the communities, culminating in
the gruesome murder of one Onum Ter. While
expressing disgust at the key role the royal fathers
allegedly played in the carnage, he said, “the
traditional rulers incited communal clashes in their
areas instead of playing fatherly roles as demanded
by tradition”.
Haruna said their actions allegedly led to the death
of the deceased and the destruction that trailed the
crisis.  He stated that all the suspects are currently in
Police custody pending the completion of
investigations into the matter.
According to him, the Police would soon arraign all
the suspects in competent courts to face trial for
their actions.
The Police Commissioner warned that the Police
would not for any reasons treat with kid gloves any
act of criminality in the state irrespective of
whosoever is involved.

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I often thought Gboko to be a peaceful place.
And... let me make a little correction here, I reside in Gboko and there is no place called "Agagu area" in Gboko. Maybe you were referring to "Abagu". The TORTIV's (king) quarters are around this region.

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