Four suspected armed robbers dressed in army uniforms were arrested by the Benue State Police Command while on a robbery operation along the busy Gboko/Katsina-Ala federal highway.
Briefing journalists on the arrest, the Benue State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Ejike Alaribe disclosed that few days ago, the armed men mounted a road block on the highway with the intent to rob motorists.
Alaribe said the Police however got a tip off and men of the Special Anti Robbery Squad in Katsina-Ala stormed the scene resulting in a sustained exchange of gun fire with the gang which led to the arrest of all members of the gang with one of them sustaining a gun injury on his leg.
According to him, in the course of investigation, one Tyozumgwe Tarvihi who specialized in the manufacture of locally made weapons for men of the underworld was also arrested.
He disclosed that two members of the gang, Msughter Orban and Aondofa Ugah who had been on the wanted list of the Police were also apprehended in the course of the operation.
Alaribe said items recovered from the robbery gang include; three locally made pistols, three dane guns, one single barrel gun, one army camoflage and five catridges.
He said the Police also recovered from the arms manufacturer, many work tools including fire arms at different stages of completion.
The PPRO who declined requests of Journalists to have a snap shot of the suspects also disclosed of the renewed clampdown on commercial motorcycle operators popularly known as “Okada”, in the state stressing that the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chritopher Katso has directed that anyone caught riding a motorbike beyond 8pm in any part of the state should be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.
He said the new directive was aimed at rekindling the onslaught against all forms of criminality and cult related activities in the state.