The Benue State security council, led by Governor Samuel Ortom, on Monday said two officials of Konshisha Local Government Authority and two traditional rulers have been detained in connection with the killing of 11 soldiers and a captain in Bonta village on April 5. The soldiers were killed during an operation to restore peace between warring communities in Konshisha and Oju LGAs.
Those arrested are Sam Kave, deputy chairman, Konshisha LGA; Tersoo Mela, councillor representing Mbatser/Mbaguza ward; Unaha Koko, the district head of Iwarnyam and Emmanuel Adegbenda, head of Bonta.
The governor said the suspects had useful information that could lead to the arrest of the killers of the soldiers.
Ortom said the council in collaboration with other stakeholders had recovered eight AK-47 machine guns.
“The council commended the minister of defence and service chiefs for allowing the state government and its security council to wade into the matter and help recover the lost weapons instead of the military going to do so themselves,” he said.
“Since then, we have not slept. We did everything to ensure that we recover the arms and by the grace of God we are able to recover eight AK47 plus the one the army recovered themselves earlier making it nine.
“We also recovered the machine gun that the militia took from them too and all the recovered weapons have been handed over to the army already.”
The governor said Benue state executive council will meet to discuss how to assist the families of the 12 military personnel.