Written by Scholastica JOSEPH

Anti-Open Grazing Bill: 188 Suspects Face Trial in Benue - Police

The Commissioner of Police in Benue State, CP Fatai Owoseni said a total of 188 suspects are undergoing trial with regards to the Anti-Open Grazing Law.


The commissioner stated this while briefing with journalists at the police headquarters, in Makurdi on the scorecard in the last one month.

He said the suspects are being arraigned by the police in conjunction with the office of the Attorney General of the State and the Commissioner for Justice.

He also said a total of 61 suspects are undergoing trial for cases of culpable homicide, mischief by fire occasioned by attacks by armed insurgents associated with herdsmen.

According to him, the command has continued to work effectively in conjunction with other sister security agencies which has led to the arrest of 3o armed robbery suspects as well as 30 different types of prohibited fire arms which includes 23 locally made pistols ingeniously fabricated to fire AK 47 ammunition, 3 AK49 rifles, 4 AK47, and 30 rounds of live ammunition.

Owoseni, who noted that the command has recorded tremendous success in fighting crimes in the state, enthused that there is a gradual reduction in crimes, cases of cattle rustling, ethnic motivated attacks which has encouraged the return of Internally Displaced Persons to their homes.

He however regretted fresh attacks on some communities by suspected herdsmen in Ado, Katsina Ala and Kwande Local Government Areas

He also said concerted efforts are being put in place to halt reported robbery cases around Zaki Biam, Katsina Ala and Kwande which he attributed to the criminal activities of Ghana; a dangerous Militia gang leader who has been long declared wanted.



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