Benue crisis was not solely masterminded by herdsmen. This is the revelation that the police made on Monday.

A notorious criminal in Benue State, Terwase Akwaza, popularly referred to as Ghana and his men allegedly took advantage of the crisis to perpetrate evil, the Benue Police Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni said.

While normalcy has returned to affected communities, the police explained that the security challenge experienced over the few days was as a result of activities of criminals allegedly sponsored by the militia leader.

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"What we have in Ukum is a pure case of bandits. Before my arrival in the state last week, there were already some communal fighting between some criminal groups between Ukum and Shitile.

“The notorious bandit, Ghana, that was declared wanted by the state has taken advantage of it; they have attacked our security point in the area and two officers were killed and the house of Security Adviser to the Governor Samuel Ortom was burnt down.

“There were attacks and counter attacks in the area that was why we deployed officers to the area,” he explained.

Mr Owoseni further emphasised that the people must play their roles to help information gathering and policing. 

He also appealed to residents to stop fleeing their homes.

Owoseni told the News Agency of Nigeria in Makurdi that the Policemen are doing their best to enable all the displaced persons return to their abodes.

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“You may provide all the security for the people, but as an individual you need to choose whether you are secure or not, some of these things are issues of perception.

“Most of the people living in the state are in a state of panic and once you panic, you are most likely to die before your death.

“The people living along the border communities are very safe; people have started returning to their communities, especially in Logo where some communities celebrated church services in their areas for the first time since the beginning of this crisis,” he said.

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