Men of the Benue State Police Command have foiled a kidnap attempt on the Bursar of the Joseph Sarwuan Tarka University (former Federal University of Agriculture), Makurdi, Mr Emmanuel Timothy.
A suspect, Terwase Agbem Paul, popularly known as TAP, was arrested for allegedly masterminding the kidnap.
Also arrested alongside Terwase was his alleged accomplice, Mson Yaasa, both of who claimed to be in their 30s.
The men were arrested on Saturday around noon following a tip-off.
It was reliably gathered that men of the Operation Zenda, led by the Commander, CSP Justine Gberindyer, raided their hideout at the Ankpa Quarter in Makurdi, where the suspects were arrested.
The suspects were alleged to specialise in organising high profile kidnapping of politicians and wealthy persons in Abuja, Makurdi and other parts of the country.
The command’s spokesperson, DSP Catherine Anene, who confirmed the arrest, said the police acted on information that a kidnap gang in Makurdi was regrouping in the Ankpa Quarter in.
She stated, “A team of policemen was deployed to trail and arrest the suspects.
“On May 22, 2021, around 12pm, the suspects had assembled at the Ankpa Quarter, Makurdi, and perfected plans to carry out their nefarious act when the operatives invaded their hideout and arrested the kingpin, one Paul Terwase Agbem, also known as TAP, of Gwarimpa, Abuja, and one Mson Yaasa of Adikpo, Kwande Local Government Area of the state.”
Anene said the suspects confessed to have concluded plans on the day to kidnap a staff member of the Joseph Sawuan Tarka University of Agriculture, Makurdi, who allegedly refused to pay the principal suspect for the contract he executed in the school.
“Efforts are being made to arrest other members of the gang,” Anene added.