Men of the Benue State Community Volunteer Guards have apprehended five Ambazonian fighters believed to have a link with Boko Haram in Jato Aka, Kwande Local Government Area of the state.
The Special Adviser to Governor Samuel Ortom on Security, Lt. Col. Paul Hemba, Rtd, disclosed this to journalist in Makurdi, saying the suspects are aged between 25 and 42 years old.
Hemba named the suspects as Stanley Vincent, David Ajong, Ronado Njeke, Nelson Emmanuel Ngum and Tabel Samuel Obem.
He said the five fighters who are also believed to be fighting the Republic of Cameroon for many years were picked up at Jato Aka Roundabout, near Dzoho Aondofa drinking joint.
He disclosed that items suspected to be chemical weapons, military uniforms, charms and undisclosed number of ammunition were recovered from the suspects at their hideout at Agogo Hotel, Jato Aka where they had stayed for about six months.
The Security Adviser said one of the suspects, Stanley Vincent had disguised as a personnel of the Nigerian Army serving at Ojo, Lagos state without any form of identity, a development that triggered suspicion against them.
Col. Hemba who also linked criminal activities in Kwande Local Government such as armed robbery and kidnapping in the last six months to the suspects said they have been handed over to the Police Division in Adikpo.