The Nigeria Police Force has paraded a local council representative along with seven other suspects over links to alleged killings and attacks on communities in Benue State.
Police spokesman, DCP Jimoh Moshood who paraded the suspects yesterday at the Force Headquarters in Abuja said principal suspect, Benjamin Tivfa is a serving Councillor of Fidi Council Ward, Makurdi.
Moshood said Tivfa admitted to have supplied arms and ammunition to the bandits for their criminal activities, noting that, two AK47 Rifles and 436 Rounds of AK47 ammunition were recovered from them by Police operatives.
He said four suspects who admitted to being members of the Benue State Livestock Guards included; Daniel Kyase, Alhaji Adajo Tomza, Msugh Teraki and Sunday Cheche.
Three other suspects paraded were: Victor Ganabe, Julius Avaan and Terkula Udeh.
He said the IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT) trailed and arrested six of the suspects in their hideout in a hotel in Naka village, Benue State and recovered the arms and ammunition.
Moshood said the bandits confessed that the councilor is a member of their gang and responsible for supply of arms and ammunition including money to finance their operations.
Moshood said the councillor also admitted to have bought fifteen rounds of AK47 ammunition from another suspect, Sunday Cheche and to have provided money to finance the operations of the gang.
He said the bandits admitted to have carried out several killings and armed robbery attacks in different locations in Benue State.
He said investigation was in progress to arrest other members of the group at large, adding that, they would be arraigned in court on completion of investigation.
Fielding questions, Moshood said those who conspired in the supply guns and ammunition to bandits in Benue state would be investigated and made to face the law no matter how highly placed.
He said thirteen suspects have been arrested in connection with recent violent attacks in Plateau state, noting that eleven have already been paraded.
Although, he did not mention the names of two suspects, so as not to jeopardize ongoing investigations, Moshood gave the names of the eleven suspects to include, Biliaminu Abdullahi, Samaila Saleh, Muhammadu Kabiru, Aminu Mohammed and Alhassan Saidu.
Others are: Abubakar Adam, Gazali Isah, Hamza Inusa, Yahuza Yau, Dahiru Ahmed and Friday Musa, adding that exhibits recovered from them included five AK47 Rifles and two live cartridges.