A suspected armed robber has been neutralized during a gun duel engagement with the operatives of Benue State Police Command while another four were apprehended in Makurdi, Benue State. 

The information available indicates that the armed robbery syndicate were operating around Kighir, Kanshio and Adeke community on 4th September 2023, following the credible information that was received by the security operatives, they surfaced their operation scene to foil their nefarious activities.

On sighting the police, the syndicate opened fire at them. In the process, one of the armed robbers sustained gunshot injuries and was rushed to Teaching Hospital Makurdi for treatment and unfortunately died in the process. His body has been deposited at the hospital morgue.

Other gang members arrested include Tersoo Godwin Akatakpo aka ‘General’, Gowon Akatakpo, Ikya Chahul Atseriyol and Terver Iortimdee. During interrogation, the suspects confessed that they were members of Junior Vikings confraternity (JVC) as well as armed robbers.

Items recovered from them are one single barrel gun, two locally made pistols, five live cartridges, four expanded empty shells of cartridges, two Dane guns, one red beret with JVC logo and three handsets suspected to have been stolen.

Meanwhile, they are in police custody and will be prosecuted at the conclusion of the investigation.


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