Police Operatives of the Intelligence Response Team have arrested two suspects for the kidnap and murder of a Medical Doctor, Audu Benedict, his son and one of his associates in Katsina-ala LGA, Benue State while travelling from Taraba State to Abuja on March 10, 2019.
According to a statement by the Nigeria Police Force spokesperson, Frank Mba, the suspects, Henry Terkula Gwa, 25, from Donga LGA of Benue State and Terhile Tsavbe, 30, from Gawa village, Katsina-ala LGA of Benue State were arrested on June 6 and 11, 2020, following intensive search by the police team for the victims and manhunt for the perpetrators.
Mba said police investigations revealed that the criminal gang collected 7.5 million naira as ransom from the victims ‘ families as a condition for releasing them. The suspects forced the late Dr. Audu Benedict to issue a N5,000,000 cheque which they cashed in a commercial bank in Gboko Town, Benue State. The suspects then killed the three ( 3) victims and buried them in a shallow grave at Gawa, in Benue State’s Katsina-ala LGA.
Although an increased attempt is being made to apprehend other criminals still at large, the police force is on the verge of exhuming the remains of the slain victims.
The police arrested 25 other suspects for their involvement in different cases of abduction, armed robbery and unlawful possession of banned weapons currently under investigation in a similar development. The suspects are members of high-profile criminal gangs which terrorize communities and major highways of the country’s North-Central and North-West states.
Exhibits recovered from suspects by police team include: 6 AK47 rifles, three (3) locally fabricated pump action guns, One (1) locally fabricated pistol, 2 dane guns, 55 rounds of AK47 ammunition, 4 empty magazines, one (1) laptop computer and One (1) Toyota Corolla Car with REG No. MKD 13 RC.
Mba said all the suspects will be charged to court at the conclusion of investigations.