Police in Benue State have declared that 188 persons are currently facing prosecution over the anti-open grazing law in the state.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, also confirmed that another 61 armed bandits associated with killings are facing trial.
Owoseni, who addressed newsmen on Tuesday in Makurdi, the Benue capital, further revealed that aside of herdsmen attacks, there were other noticeable crimes such as robbery, communal clashes, and cultism across the state.
The police boss said that 30 suspects were arrested in connection with cult-related activities within the last one month.
He said that there were rising cases of communal clashes in Konshisha, Apa and Agatu Local Government Areas of the state.
He added that over 100 thatched houses were set ablaze last week during a communal clash between Ugamba and Mbamar villages in Konshisha Local Government Area.
In the case of armed robbery, Owoseni said that “Fourteen (14) suspects were arrested in the last one month with thirteen (13) different types of prohibited firearms comprise of four AK47 riffles; 23 locally made riffles were recovered from them.
“The locally made riffles manufactured in the state were fabricated in such a way that they use AK47 ammunitions.
“In Sankara axis, 17 armed robbery suspects were arrested, armed robbery and abduction in this axis are attributed to Terwase Akwaza popularly known as ‘Gana’ who has been dominating crime in the area.”