The operatives of the Benue State Police Command have arrested two students of Joseph Sawuan Tarka University, formerly known as the Federal University of Agriculture, for armed robbery.
The students, identified as Sapele Great and Hakem Adi, were arrested by the police on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.
The arrest of the suspects was disclosed via a statement issued by the Benue State Police Public Relations Officer, Catherine Anene, on Tuesday.
Anene revealed that the arrested suspects, in April, attacked a building at New GRA in Makurdi and cart away debit cards, phones, and other items.
The police spokesperson added that the suspects transferred N300,000 from the victim’s accounts using the stolen ATM cards.
“The Commissioner of Police 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 June 15, 2022, when two of the suspects; Sapele Great and Hakem Adi of different addresses in Makurdi were arrested,” Anene stated.
According to the police spokesperson, items recovered from the suspects include one locally-made pistol loaded with nine rounds of 6mm live ammunition, eight phones suspected to be stolen, one electronic shocking device, 18 SIM cards of different networks, one United Bank for Africa (UBA) cheque book belonging to Agasha Philemon Assume, and other electronic devices suspected to be used for internet fraud.
Anene further stated that the arrested students confessed to being cultists, armed robbers, and fraudsters, adding that an investigation was ongoing to arrest other suspects involved.