By Peter Duru
MAKURDI—A 30-year-old robbery suspect and father of five, Terngu Nave, was, weekend, disarmed and beaten by his victims during a robbery operation at Abua Mbagwen in Buruku Local Government area of Benue State.
The suspect, who was reportedly dressed in military camouflage, was paraded by the Benue State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent Moses Yamu, said his gang members abandoned him to his fate when he was overpowered by the courageous occupants of the vehicle the gang members were robbing.
He confessed: “Our three-man gang had stormed the Gboko/Katsina-Ala major highway at about 2a.m., dressed in military camouflage and mounted road block to rob commuters.
“It is my first time; I was invited by my brother to join in the robbery. That fateful day, two of us were holding guns.
“As we stopped the vehicle and started robbing the passengers, one after the other, I dipped my hand into the pocket of one of them and he held me and shouted to the other passengers to hold me. He probably discovered that the riffle I was holding had no bullets in it.
“When the other passengers saw how courageous the man was, they all joined him to apprehend me, while the two other members of my gang took to their heels. The passengers gave me the beating of my life before handing me over to the Police.”
Meanwhile, ASP Yamu appealed to members of the public to always give useful information to the Police.
Yamu disclosed that the Police recently recovered about 1,427 live ammunition being conveyed into Makurdi town in Daudu area of Guma Local Government Area of the state through such information.