From Msughshima Andrew, Makurdi

The Benue state Police command has paraded 14 suspects arrested for various criminal acts, among them, Tersoo Joseph and Demenenge Iorwa who raped their victim in the street after taking away her belongings in Makurdi.

Parading the suspects at the commands headquarters in Makurdi, the state Commissioner of Police, Bishi Omololu said they were arrested across the state, for crimes ranging from armed robbery, cultism, rape, illegal possession of fire arms and other vices.

The commissioner however explained that the two suspects who allegedly raped a lady and dispossessed her of her phone and N2,000 have confessed to the crime and would soon be charged to court.

One of the suspected rapists, Tersoo Joseph, told newsmen at the police command that they had raped the woman in the gutter along Kwararafa quarters in Makurdi after taking her belongings.

CP Bishi while briefing newsmen in his office earlier, expressed the command’s resolve and determination to smash armed robbery gangs and nip crime in the bud, assuring Benue people of the command readiness to protect lives and property.

Also parading other robbery suspects, cultists, and those in posession of fire arms, the police commissioner called on those with illegal arms in the state to surrender them to nearest police station or face the wrath of the law.

“I want to use this opportunity to warn the general public, especially those in possession of prohibited firearms to, in their best interest, surrender these arms to the nearest police sation or face the wrath of the law when caught.

He therefore called on the public to partner with them by prividing the police with useful information that will help fight crime and other social vices in the state.

Items recovered from the suspects include English made double barrel gun, locally fabricated pistols, live catridges, live ammunitions, knives, phones, a Honda Accord car, a motorcycle among others.