Masquerades Remanded In Prison For Attacking Police Station



Some masquerades have been remanded in prison by a magistrate’s court in Makurdi, capital of Benue state, for allegedly attacking a police station in Ado local government area of the state.

According to Veronica Shaagee, the prosecution counsel, the case was transferred from the divisional police headquarters, Ado local government, to state criminal investigation department, Makurdi, through letter number 3100/BNS/ADO/VOL.T/ dated July 24, 2019.

Shaagee told the court that on July 20, some group of youths numbering over 200, led 20 masquerades “Aketakpa” from Igumale town to the divisional police station, Ado, and attacked the station.

The group were said to wielded cutlasses, sticks, stones, and other dangerous weapons, then  Lattacked policemen at the station, inflicting injuries on officers identified as Gabriel Adole, Joseph Jato and Patrick Lawal.

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A Toyota Hilux van with registration number DW348EKY, valued at N3 million was said to have also been destroyed in the attack.

According to Shaagee, the offence contravened the provisions of sections 97, 349, 231 and 329 of penal code laws of Benue 2004 and sections 100 of abduction, kidnapping, hostage-taking, secret cult and similar activities (prohibition) law of Benue, 2017.

Rose Iyorshe, the magistrate, remanded the suspects in the Makurdi medium prisons.

NAN reports that the suspects were charged on four counts of criminal conspiracy, trespass, attempt to commit culpable homicide, mischief and an act of terrorism.