Agatu massacre suspects among 42 paraded by Police
BY PETER DURU
MAKURDI — After several weeks of relief from insecurity in Benue State, the newly posted Commissioner of Police to the state, Mr. Adam Audu, yesterday, paraded 42 suspects arrested for various crimes in parts of the state.
Briefing newsmen at the command headquarters in Makurdi, the state capital, Audu explained that the suspects were arrested severally and individually for criminal conspiracy, cultism, possession of fire arms and robbery in a renewed onslaught on criminality across the state.
According to him, among those arrested were some of the mercenaries who recently invaded and killed several persons in Agatu Local Government Area of the state.
He recalled that “recently some heavily armed men from Nasarawa State crossed the river to Agatu Local Government Area and unleashed attacks on the community, leading to the death of many people after burning down several houses.”
“Police investigation led to the arrest of five persons who are presently being interrogated. Two of the suspects who were arrested on the 11th. of this month, Tanko Onyilo and Danladi Amadu had already confessed committing the offence.
“While Onyilo confessed killing two people, Danladi confessed to have killed seven persons while the crisis lasted.
“They stated that they were hired by Fulani herdsmen, based in Nasarawa state, who they claimed hired them to unleashed terror on the community on the premise that the people of Agatu never allowed them to graze their cattle in their land.”