Troops of 23 Bde deployed to Wukari on Ex Ayem Akpatuma and a team of Department of State Service from Jalingo, conducted a cordon and search within Takum on Saturday 24 February 2018.
During the Operation, 3 suspects were arrested in connection of the kidnapping and murdering of Honourable Hosea Ibi, a member of Taraba State House of Assembly and Mr Chidiebere who was later released after a ransom was paid.
The suspects are Jaka Ejukun (24years), Peter Isaga (33years) and Arachukwu Bedforth (21years).
In a follow up investigation, a raid operation was conducted on Sunday 25 February 2018, in Gbise, Benue, where more arrests were made.
They are Isaiah Suwe (23 years) a Tiv by tribe from Lessel Ushongo LGA of Benue State, Amadu Barnarbas Torva (aka Atamanin) (23 years) from Gbise Kastina Ala LGA of Benue State, Aondi Teroo (21 years), Nengenen Mbaawuaga Damian (22 years), Aondoase Kayitor (18 years) and Ternenge Tersoo (19 years).
A total of 9 persons have been arrested so far. One of the suspects, Amadu Barnabas Torva, participated actively in the operation.
Items recovered from him include, 3 Glo sim cards, 3 MTN sim cards, 2 Etisalat sim cards, 1 Airtel sim card, One Gionee Android phone, 3 Techno dual sim phones, his voter’s card and 1 First Bank ATM cards without name on it, but with number 5061051125350935375.