Funmilola Adeyemi :
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Benue Command, has arrested four persons in connection with alleged rape of a minor, armed robbery and vandalism of national assets in the state.
The Command Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Michael Ejelikwu, who paraded the suspects to newsmen on Monday in Makurdi, said that one of the suspects, a 25-year-old man, was arrested for allegedly raping an 11-year old girl.
Ejelikwu disclosed that the suspect was arrested on Jan. 25, at Mbakumbur Peivi, Guma Local Government Area of the state, while he was committing the crime.
He added that medical examination on the victim revealed blood dots on the entrance of the victim’s private part and also a tear to the inner organ.
Ejelikwu noted that the suspect would be handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons for prosecution.
Ejelikwu said that another suspect, a 27-year old man, was arrested for alleged criminal conspiracy, theft, armed robbery and cheating.
He stated that the suspect, who was a member of a notorious armed robbery gang that had been terrorising residents of Makurdi and environs, was arrested on Feb. 5, at Ankpa Quarters.
He further disclosed that the other two suspects, who hailed from Nasarawa State, were arrested on Feb. 4, at Ugbokpo, Apa LGA of Benue.
Ejelikwu said that men of the command apprehended them when they were driving a stolen MF375 tractor.
He stated that on interrogation, the suspects said they were going to Kaduna, but could not give a satisfactory account of the tractor in their possession.
Ejelikwu added that investigations into the cases were ongoing, and the suspects would be prosecuted accordingly.
He further warned that the command was on the trail of persons stealing the assets of Benue and the country, noting that there was no hiding place for criminals in the state.