Court Remands 2 Unemployed Men For Extortion


News Investigators/ A Makurdi Chief Magistrates’ Court on Friday ordered that two men, Tarvihi Torhile and Ushaver Aindigh be remanded in a correction centre for allegedly blocking a highway and extorting money from road users.
The men, who live in Ushongo Local Government Area of Benue are charged with criminal conspiracy, forgery and extortion.
However, the Magistrate, Vincent Kor, did not take their plea for want in jurisdiction.
Mr. Kor adjourned the matter until Oct 26 for further mention.
Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Jonah Uletu told the court that the case was received at the State CID, Makurdi on Sept 13, 2022 via a letter from Operation Zenda Joint Task Force (JTF) Headquarter, Makurdi.
Mr. Uletu, a police inspector, said men of the ”Operation Zenda” led by Insp Obande Ogbu on surveillance on the Gboko/Ushongo highway on Sept 13, arrested some hoodlums who were extorting money from innocent road users.
He said forged copies of Ushongo Local Government Welfare Revenue receipts were recovered from them.
Mr. Uletu said during police investigation, they confessed to the crime.
The offence, he said, contravenes the provisions of sections 97, 293 and 365 of the Penal Code Laws of Benue, 2004.


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