The Benue State Government has demolished two structures purportedly belonging to Cephas Aondofa Shekere, also known as “Azonto,” a wanted bandit and kidnapper.
According to Metro Times, the structures were razed on Monday in several sites throughout the state’s Makurdi capital.
According to reports, the state government opted to demolish the house based on its anti-kidnapping law, which stipulated, among other things, that the house be demolished.
Any property used as a kidnapper’s den or for other violent criminal operations in the state must be demolished, according to the legislation.
Security forces were said to have apprehended two members of a known criminal syndicate who were allegedly terrorizing the residents of the Sankera axis, which includes the state’s Logo, Ukum, and Katsina-Ala Local Government Areas.
They were said to have been arrested by men of Operation Ozenda, led by CSP Justin Gberindyer at a location in Makurdi with millions of naira with thirty rounds of AK 47 ammunition recovered from them.
The suspects were said to have led the police to the property that was demolished after they had confessed to working with a gang leader, Cephas Aondofa Chekere, who had been declared wanted by the police in Benue.
CSP Gberindyer, who spoke to Journalists at the demolition site, said that the suspects owned up to their crime and confessed to having worked for the most wanted criminal, Azonto.
The leader of Operation Zenda also said that the suspect, Steven Tor-Ikyo was helping Azonto to facilitate and buy properties in Abuja, Port Harcourt, Lagos and Makurdi.
“Two of Azonto’s property was identified and located within the Federal Housing Estate, in Makurdi.
“The two properties have now been demolished by the Benue State government following zero tolerance for kidnapping, banditry and other acts of terrorism,” Gberindyer said.