Four suspected armed robbers caught in military uniform have been apprehend and paraded by the military operatives of the Command Army Record (CAR) Lokoja, Kogi.
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 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.