Benue: Police arrest 8 who bury victims in shallow graves




Benue state has arrested eight members of a notorious gang terrorising the Sankera axis and responsible for killing and burying their victims in shallow graves at a forest in Katsina-Ala local government area.

Spokesperson of the Benue state Police command, DSP Catherine Sewuese Anene, who briefed newsmen Thursday, said the gang members were also responsible for kidnapping, armed and all sorts of activities in the area.

She said the eight persons arrested were among a ten man gang of kidnap suspects who escaped from Sankara, and were trailed and arrested in and brought back for further investigation.
Anene said, within the last two weeks, operatives deployed to the area have been able to dislodge bandit camps and recover arms and ammunition.

She added that on 10th May, at about 10.00hrs, the suspects opted to lead police detectives to Tavachan forest, Mbamon, Kastina-Ala local government area where they buried their slain victims.

The PPRO said upon arrival at the scene, a deep well and a shallow grave were found in the forest with decomposed corpses of their victims.
“Suspects confessed that some of the victims died due to inability to survive the trauma of being held hostage while others were killed for not paying the required ransom.”

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