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BENUE: Threat of violence exposed as police intercept 1,427 live ammunition



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The police in Benue State said Friday that they had intercepted 1,427 cartridges of 5.56mm live ammunition along Makurdi-Lafia road.

The police spokesman in the state, ASP Moses Yamu, made the disclosure in Makurdi. He revealed that the ammunition were concealed in a Volkswagen salon bus with registration number GBK 226 XA.

Yamu said the interception was made through a security report that some miscreants were planning a robbery attack along the Makurdi-Lafia road.

He said the command, therefore, deployed its operations’ crack team, “Operation Zenda,” led by SP Justin Gberindyer, to abort the planned robbery, while the arms were recovered during a “stop-and-search operation” on the road.

The spokesperson said the police were interrogating the five passengers arrested with the arms in the vehicle, adding that they would soon be charged to court.

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Yamu also confirmed the arrest of one Garba Ibrahim, a herdsman, over the killing of a fisherman in Logo Local Government Area.

He said the police had yet to make any arrest over any infringement of the Anti-Open Grazing Law recently introduced by the state government.

“Since the beginning of the implementation of the anti-grazing law in the state, we have yet to make any arrest.

“So far, we have received a case of culpable homicide where a fisherman was killed and another injured by herdsmen and we promptly intervened and arrested one of the suspects, Garba Ibrahim, who was in possession of a locally made pistol with three live cartridges,” he said.


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