Following the kidnap and murder of Honourable Hosea Ibi, a member of Taraba State House of Assembly, alongside Mr. Chidiebere who was later released after a ransom was paid, three suspects have been arrested by Troops of 23 Bde deployed Wukari on EX AYEM AKPATUMA and a team of Department of State Service from Jalingo.
A statement from DSS read in part;
The suspects are Jaka Ejukun (24years), Peter Isaga (33years) and Arachukwu Bedforth (21years).
In a followed up investigation, a raid operation was conducted on Sunday 25 February 2018 by the combined team of own troops and Department of State Services in Gbise, Kastina Ala LGA where more arrests were made. During the operation, the following suspects were arrested at various locations. They are Isaiah Suwe (23 years) a Tiv by tribe from Lessel Ushongo LGA of Benue State, Amadu Barnarbas Torva (aka Atamanin) (23 years) from Gbise Kastina Ala LGA of Benue State, Aondi Teroo (21 years), Nengenen Mbaawuaga Damian (22 years), Aondoase Kayitor (18 years) and Ternenge Tersoo (19 years). Consequently, a total of 9 persons have been arrested in the kidnapping and murdering of Honourable Hosea Ibi.
One of the suspects Amadu Barnabas Torva, participated actively in kidnapping and murdering of Honourable Hosea Ibi. Items recovered from him include, 3 Glo sim cards, 3 MTN sim cards, 2 Etisalat sim cards, 1 Airtel sim card, One Gionee Android phone, 3 Techno dual sim phones and his voter’s card. Other items include, 1 First Bank ATM cards without name on it with number 5061051125350935375, 1 vigilante identity card with Taraba State Command belonging to one Mr Moses Yaro suspected to be a previous victim of the gang and flash drive.
Suspects are presently in our custody, undergoing Department of State Service interrogation.
Recall that Honourable Hosea Ibi, who was abducted by gunmen in December 31st 2017,was found dead near a forest by the roadside in Takum LGA of the state on Monday, January 15th. The kidnappers killed the lawmaker, representing Takum, after collecting N35 million ransom.