One of the suspects has been identified as Benjamin Tivfa, a serving Councillor of Fidi ward in the state.
Police spokesperson Jimoh Moshood, said Tivfa admitted to have supplied arms and ammunition to the bandits for their criminal activities.
He identified other suspects as: Victor Ganabe, 35; Daniel Kyase, 33; Adajo Tomza, 28; Msugh Teraki, 23; Julius Avaan, 49; Terkula Udeh, 37; and Sunday Cheche, 34. They all admitted to being members of Benue State Livestock Guards.
Moshood said: “The bandits confessed that the Councillor is a member of their gang and responsible for supply of arms and ammunition including money to finance their operations.
“The Councillor admitted to have bought 15 rounds of AK47 ammunition from the last suspect, Sunday Cheche and also confessed to have provided money to finance the operations of the gang.
“The bandits admitted to have carried out several killings and armed robbery attacks on innocent people in different locations in Benue state.”
Investigation is in progress to arrest other members of the bandits.