- Two building allegedly belonging to the most wanted kidnapper in Benue state have been demolished
- The demolished buildings are located in different parts of the state capital in Makurdi according to the government
- Meanwhile, two people suspected to be gang members to the criminals have also been arrested by the police
The most wanted bandit and kidnapper in Benue state, Cephas Shekere, aka Azonto will now be without two of his houses in Makurdi, the state capital.
This follows the decision of the state government to demolish two buildings allegedly belonging to him at separate locations in Makurdi, Punch Newspaper reports.
The state’s law on anti kidnapping prescribed among others, demolition of any property used as kidnappers den and haven for other violent crime activities in the state.
Also, in what will excite most residents, especially those living in Logo, Ukum and Katsina Ala local government areas, two members of the gang terrorising them have been arrested.
The two suspects – wife of Aondofa, and Steven Tor-Ikyo, were arrested in possession of about 30 rounds of AK-47 ammunition.
The two suspects were said to have led the police to the property that was demolished, Daily Trust added.
The police said:
“The suspects owned up to their crime and confessed to be working for the most wanted criminal, Azonto.
“Two of Azonto’s property which he helped to build were identified and located within the Federal Housing Estate, in Makurdi. The two properties have now been demolished by the Benue State Government following zero tolerance for kidnapping, banditry and other acts of terrorism.”
Governor Ortom says Nigerians no longer trust FG
In another report, Governor Samuel Ortom said Nigerians are dissatisfied with the federal government because it has failed to decisively address the attacks by herdsmen.
Ortom made the statement on Thursday, June 17, during his speech at the 2021 law week of the Nigerian Bar Association (MBA) in Makurdi, Benue state. The governor stated that the herdsmen issue has caused the public trust in the presidency to erode.
He stated that there is a growing perception that the federal government is encouraging the activities of the herdsmen by its actions and inaction. According to him, open grazing has resulted in conflicts between farmers and herders.
Nigerian governor gives workers 2 work-free days in a week for 1 month
Meanwhile, the Benue state government through the head of civil service, Veronica Onyeke, has declared Thursdays and Fridays as work-free days for public employees to attend to their farmlands.
According to the order of the government, the decision is to enhance farming to develop the agricultural value chain in the state.
The government made it clear that the holidays which will end in July, are not for essential workers in the state.