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Benue militia embrace amnesty scheme

18 September 2015, 18:21

Benue - Six former members of a militia group in Ushongo Town Benue State have reportedly submitted their weapons through the state amnesty programme.

CAJ News established that the District Head of town with other stakeholders brought the former militia members to the state governor where they surrendered 28 AK47 Rifles with 243 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition.

The men pledged to convince other militia to repent and embrace the amnesty programme.

Meanwhile police operatives on patrol have recovered a locally-made pistol, live ammunition and a mobile phone as well as a vehicle from suspected members of a robbery syndicate in Gboko.

According to police first information report the police operatives on patrol in Gboko town received information that some men suspected to be members of a robbery syndicated were sighted at behind Union Bank's Gboko branch smoking Indian Hemp and shooting into the air.

Also read: Ex-militant set to avenge attack on Jonathan

The team moved to the location and upon their arrival at the scene, the said group of men opened fire on the Police.

“A shootout ensued during which one of the armed men was fatally injured, other gang members fled the scene with gunshot injuries," police said.

The corpse of the dead suspect have been deposited at  Federal Medical Center (FMC) Makurdi mortuary for autopsy and efforts to apprehend fleeing gang members are being intensified.

- CAJ News


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