Some of the suspects claiming to have served as political ‘mercenaries’ from Benue State sustained gunshot injuries after engaging soldiers from the CAR in a shoot-out along the Felele axis.
The Commander, CAR, Maj.-Gen. Felix Agugo, noted that criminals are now in the habit of adorning themselves in military fatigue to perpetrate heinous crimes.
The suspects, according to him are Japhet Ataem, Saviour Daower, Joseph Usar and Isaac Danold, all from Guma Local Government Area of Benue.
He said that the suspects were carrying out a robbery operation when they were sighted by soldiers on patrol who engaged them in a shoot out. According to him, some of the suspects sustained gunshot injury during the encounter. He said three of the suspects escaped arrest.
Ejeh expressed concern on the increasing use of military uniforms by perpetrators of crimes. Items recovered from them included one AK47 rifle, two pump action assault rifles and many rounds of live ammunitions.
The self-confessed leader of the gang, Joseph Musa, who claimed to have crossed over to Kogi from neighbouring Benue State, said members of the gang “work as mercenaries”, while also engaging in other criminal activities.
Items recovered from the suspects included pump action guns, two AK47 and several rounds of live ammunition.
Governor Yahaya Bello enjoined the people of the state to partner with government in ridding Kogi of criminal elements.
In a related development, the state police command paraded two suspected kidnap gang members; Haruna Saleh aka Auta of Fulani Camp, Obajana and Dulla Dankali of Fulani Camp, Gada Biu.
The Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO) William Ayah said: “Recent attacks on motorists along the Okene-Lokoja Road by some criminal elements, which led to the killing of a luxury bus driver informed the anti-robbery squad led by DSP Babagana Bukar, to trail and arrest some of the suspects.