Benue Police Arrest Suspected Bandit Leader, Member

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In a significant development, the Benue State Police Command has officially confirmed the apprehension of Kumaor Fachir Daniel, the second-in-command to the late militia leader Terwase Akwaza, along with four other individuals. This arrest was made in conjunction with the recovery of a cache of weapons and ammunition.

The Commissioner of Police, CP Bartholomew Nnamdi Onyeka, shared this crucial information with the press during a press briefing on Tuesday. The operation, carried out by the Operation ZENDA JTF Tactical team, culminated in the arrest of the dreaded armed bandit kingpin, Kumaor Fachir Daniel, also known as the “2nd in Command to Late Ghana Boys,” along the Adikpo-Ugbema road. The arrest led to the subsequent apprehension of four other gang members, identified as Iorwuese Ashiekaa, Aondongu Aligbe, Terkula Wuhe “AKA Oryughurt,” and Terhemba Sevav.

The latter individual, Terhemba Sevav, was a 47-year-old gang member specializing in the manufacturing and repair of rifles for the criminal outfit. The police discovered a substantial amount of weaponry during the operation, including two AK-47 rifles, two fabricated AK-47 rifles, and two Berretta pistols in the midst of fabrication. Additionally, law enforcement found a double-barrel gun loaded with 35 live cartridges, as well as 130 rounds of 7.62X 39mm live ammunition. One suspect managed to escape from the scene, eluding capture.

CP Bartholomew Nnamdi Onyeka used this opportunity to emphasize the commitment of the Benue State Police Command to combat criminal activities within the state. The Commissioner asserted that he would use all available resources, both human and material, to eradicate crime and ensure the safety of residents. He issued a stern warning to criminals and potential wrongdoers, making it clear that criminality would not be tolerated under his watch.

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In an impassioned plea to the people of Benue State, CP Onyeka implored citizens to cooperate with law enforcement by providing valuable and timely information that could aid the Command in its efforts to combat crime. The Commissioner stressed that a crime-free society is a prerequisite for sustainable development and progress, particularly in a state as resource-rich as Benue.

As the Commissioner of Police, CP Bartholomew Nnamdi Onyeka concluded his address, it became evident that a renewed commitment to security and a resolute stance against criminal elements are set to define his tenure. With these bold steps, the Benue State Police Command aims to ensure the safety and prosperity of the state and its citizens.

See the full statement below:

15TH AUG, 2023


It is my honor and privilege to meet all of you today. I have resumed duty as Commissioner of Police and consider you a stakeholder in the job of security. I hope that the usual cooperation given to my predecessor will continue.

Benue State Police Command under my watch will not tolerate criminality of any kind. Haven received a brief from my predecessor about the activities of bandits and other criminals in the state, I have made up my mind to deploy all available human and material resources to rid the state of crime.
This operation should serve warning to criminal elements. It is high time they embraced peace and enjoy freedom. Below is the outcome of one of the operations currently going on in the state:

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On 14/08/2023 at about 0340hrs Officers from Operation ZENDA JTF Tactical team trailed and arrested a dreaded and vicious armed bandit kingpin named KUMAOR FACHIR DANIEL, popularly known as “2nd in Command to Late Ghana Boys” along Adikpo-Ugbema road. Further investigation led to the arrest of four(4) other gang members named; Iorwuese Ashiekaa, Aondongu Aligbe, Terkula Wuhe “AKA Oryughurt” and one Terhemba Sevav a 47yrs old member of the gang from Adikpo, Kwande Local Government Area who specialized in fixing and manufacturing rifles for the gang.
Items recovered from them include two(2) AK-47 rifles, two other fabricated AK-47 rifles, two Berretta pistols undergoing the process of fabrication, one double barrel gun loaded with 35 live cartridges, one hundred and thirty (130) rounds of 7.62X 39mm live ammunition while other suspect escaped from the scene.

I want to use this opportunity to warn criminals and intending criminals that, I will not tolerate criminality in Benue State under my watch. I will fight them as long as I remain the Commissioner of Police.

I call on the good people of Benue State to cooperate with the Police by giving useful and timely information that will assist the Command in tackling crime. A crime-free society makes room for sustainable development that can propel a state to greater heights, particularly our dear state that is endowed with so many resources.

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CP. Bartholomew Nnamdi Onyeka psc(+)
Commissioner of Police
Benue State Command

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