Defence & Security

Police arrest two suspected armed robbery, fraudsters in Benue

By Paul Michael

The operatives of Benue State Police Command have arrested two suspects for armed robbery, fraud, and cultism.

The suspects and their gang were said to have robbed an apartment in New GRA in Makurdi on 5th April 2022 and made away with ATM cards, phones, and other items. They were said to have transferred N300,000 from the victim’s accounts using the stolen ATM cards.

In a statement issued on Tuesday and made available to The Trumpet, the spokesperson of the Command, SP Catherine Sewuese Anene, said the suspects have been on the run after allegedly committing the crime.

Anene added that the suspects, Sapele Great and Hakem Joseph Adi, were arrested by a team of detectives at different addresses in Makurdi on 15th June 2022.

She said, “On 5/4/2022 at about 1030hrs the Commissioner of Police, Benue State Command, CP. Wale Abbas received a report that on the same date about 0300hrs, armed robbers broke into a house at New GRA Makurdi and made away with ATM cards, phones, and other belongings. The robbers transferred three hundred thousand (#300,000) from the victim’s accounts using the stolen ATM cards.

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“The CP 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 15/6/2022 when two of the suspects; Sapele Great and Hakem Joseph Adi of different addresses were arrested in Makurdi.

“The following items were recovered from the suspects: one (1) locally made pistol loaded with nine (9) rounds of 6mm live ammunition, eight (8) phones suspected to be stolen, one (1) electronic shocking device, eighteen (18) SIM cards of different networks, one (1) United Bank for Africa chequebook belonging to Agasha Philemon Assume and other electronic devices suspected to be used to internet fraud.

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

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