Police Nab Herdsman Who Masterminded Benue Massacre, Police Killings


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The long arms of the law have caught up with a suspected mastermind of the New Year’s Day attacks that left 73 people dead in Guma and Logo LGAs of Benue state.

The 40-year-old man, identified as Alhaji Laggi, was arrested in Tunga, Nasarawa state alongside three others, The Punch quoted an unnamed senior police official as saying.

Also arrested are Mallam Muminini Abdullahi, Muhammed Adamu and Ibrahim Sule.

The suspects were arrested by operatives of the Inspector -General of Police Intelligence Response Team.

Aside the Benue massacre, other crimes allegedly committed by the suspects include the killing of police officers.

“Four principal suspects were arrested in Tunga town between February 16 and 19, 2018 by the IRT in connection with the killing of Sgt Solomon Dung, other police officers and many innocent citizens in Benue State.

“Alhaji Laggi is the gang leader of the herdsmen group that perpetrated the killings. He and three others have confessed to the killings and mentioned gang members in possession of the police rifles they took from the slain police officers,” the senior official was quoted as saying.

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