PDP, APC trade words as detectives arrest suspected militants
A team of detectives set up by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, said no fewer than 54 militants from the Niger Delta axis were arrested in different parts of the state.
But the state Commissioner of Police, Fimihan Adeoye, who confirmed the arrest of persons with guns, denied knowing if they were militants.A source close to the police said the arrests were made with the assistance of men of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the intelligence unit of the Nigeria Army.
According to the source, several AK47 and pump action guns and N9million cash were recovered from the suspected militants.The arrested persons reportedly said that they were in town to attend the birthday of a popular chief in the state.
The source added that the suspects came into the state through the riverine communities, while others were allegedly arrested at a popular hotel in Benin City and in nearby Okada town.
The state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Henry Idahagbo, said some of them would be charged to court today.Meanwhile, the state’s Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chris Nehikhare said in a statement yesterday that among those arrested were five thugs and personal driver of an APC lawmaker from the state.
He explained they were arrested for being in possession of AK47 automatic assault rifles, ostensibly meant to wreak havoc in the rescheduled governorship election.Nehekhare added that they were charged before a magistrate’s court in Abudu and granted bail without mentioning the illegal possession of firearms.
He said: “This travesty of justice is more offensive to us against the backdrop that our members have been relentlessly harassed, arrested and charged to court on trumped-up charges and in some cases, murder. “
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