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Police recover body of slain policeman’s wife in Benue’s secret grave

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A joint security team in Benue State code-named Operation Zenda yesterday recovered the decaying body of Mrs. Bridget Ihom, wife of a policeman killed by suspected bandits.

It was gathered that Sgt Abraham Ihom, a police officer serving under Katsina-Ala division and his wife, Bridget, were in May this year killed and buried by unknown gunmen in Zaki Biam, Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State when he visited home.

Police authorities were said to have been in search of the killers of the dead couple and there bodies. It was gathered that a crack team of operation Zenda led by Superintendent of Police, Justin Gberindya, which took over the operation two weeks ago combed the bushes in the area and recovered the decaying body of Mrs. Bridget Ihom.

Sources from the area told newsmen that operatives of Operation Zenda also arrested some suspects in connection with the murder of the couple. It was further gathered that the arrested suspects were the ones who took the police to the shallow grave where the body was found. The body of the husband is yet to be found as of the time to filing this report.

It would be recalled that the same operatives of Operation Zenda led by SP. Justin Gberindyer, three weeks ago uncovered a mass grave in Ushongo Local Government Area of the state where 12 kidnapped victims were killed and buried. The discovery in Ushongo also led to the arrest of six suspects who were recently arraigned in court.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Catherine Anene, who confirmed the story said the suspects were already being transferred to the State Police Command in Makurdi. She added that the Commissioner of Police, CP Mukkadas Garba, would soon brief the media on the matter.

When the police uncovered hidden graves in Gbatse village with 11 bodies of people suspected to have been killed by kidnappers in Ushongo, the suspect, a gang leader of a kidnapping and armed robbery syndicate, was arrested following a tip-off by members of the community. The suspect and his gang were alleged to have killed their victims and buried them after collecting their motorcycles in order to conceal their crime and to avoid arrest.

The Guardian gathered that many of the victims were young persons in their 20s. The ringleader of the syndicate group, identified as Iorwuese Kpila, alias Dr. Kwagh Akoronmenenge, was arrested with six other members of his syndicate. The hideout of Kpila is located at a hilltop surrounded by some thatch houses and a shrine.


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