Benue Governor attack Army for killing Gana, Benue’s most wanted criminal
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Nigeria Army has killed Benue State ‘most wanted criminal’, Terwase Akwaza, popularly known as “Gana”.
Commander, 4 Special Forces Command, Doma, Nasarawa state, Maj. -Gen. Moundhey Ali, told newsmen that Gana was killed at a roadblock mounted by the Army along Gbese-Gboko-Makurdi road following exchange of gunfire.
He said, “At about 12:00 hours today (Tuesday), we received strategic information on the movement of the dreaded bandit Terwase Akwaza Agbadu AKA Gana along Gbese-Gboko-Makurdi road. Troops of Operation ‘Ayem Akpatuma III’ moved swiftly and mounted snap roadblocks along the routes. At about 13:00 hours, there was a meeting engagement with the convoy of Gana, a shoot out ensued and the bandit was killed”.
The Commander also said that 40 armed members of Gana’s gang were captured during the operation and would be handed over to appropriate authorities for prosecution while Gana’s corpse had been deposited in an undisclosed hospital mortuary.
Ali also disclosed that several rifles, pump action guns, ammunition, charms and explosives among other items were recovered from the gang.
Meanwhile, the Governor Ortom reacted to the news of the killing of Gana, saying he was held after accepting the amnesty programme put in place by the government
He added that Gana was arrested by the military while on his way to surrender and handover his weapons to the government.
“We were waiting for the repentant militias when I received a call that Gana and others have been arrested close to Yandev Roundabout in Gboko by soldiers. Many of the repentant militias had weapons in which they were bringing to surrender to us,” Ortom said.
He added that “the process of the amnesty programme was known to the security operatives, so I don’t know why they have to be arrested.”
Benue state government had in 2015 granted amnesty to over 500 persons including Gana, who were terrorising parts of Benue and Taraba states, but most of them relapsed into criminality, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported.
Gana was later in 2017, declared wanted by the Police while the Benue state government placed a N10 million bounty on him.