Benue Police arrest 90  persons over Makurdi  riot

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Benue Police arrest 90  persons over Makurdi  riot

Benue State Police Command said, yesterday, it has arrested 90 persons for their role in the riot that broke out in Makurdi town over the killings in Guma and Logo local government areas of the state by suspected herdsmen.

In a statement released, yesterday, in Makurdi by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent, (ASP), Moses Yamu, the command said efforts were on to ensure the arrest of all the arrowheads of the riot.

The statement read:  “Benue State Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, wishes to bring to the notice of the general public that security had been beefed up in the state, especially around the identified flashpoints in Wadata, Ankpa Ward and Modern Market areas of Makurdi, the state capital. “There are vehicular patrols and pin down points, including stop and search in all the nooks and crannies of the state to ensure that the normalcy restored is maintained.

“The commissioner appeals for calm while advising the general public to be mindful of rumour mongers and mischief makers who are common criminals looking for opportunities to loot people’s property.

“Massive arrests of those miscreants, who were out causing unrest, have been made, while frantic effort is ongoing to arrest some who were identified to be spearheads of the unrest. A total of 90 persons are in police custody and would be charged to court as soon as possible.”

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