Controversy As Governor Ortom Reveals Key Details About Killing Of Most Wanted Benue Militia Leader, Gana

The Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom has disclosed the circumstances surrounding the killing of Terwase Akwaza, better known as Gana, who was reported to be the most wanted criminal in the state.

Ortom told journalists on Tuesday, September 8, that Gana was intercepted by the army on his way to surrender to the state government’s amnesty programme.

Ortom told journalists on Tuesday, September 8, that Gana was intercepted by the army on his way to surrender to the state government’s amnesty programme.
According to the governor, he was waiting for the arrival of some militants who wanted to surrender when he got a call that Gana had been arrested by soldiers close to Yandev roundabout in Gboko.

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He said he called a senior army officer, General Yekini to verify the information but was told that the army was carrying out an operation, The Cable reported.

“I got the information, I contacted the commander of Operation Whirl Stroke, General Yekini, who told me that they were carrying out an operation and promised to get back to me, so I am still waiting for him,” he said.

The governor stated the security agencies are aware of the state government’s amnesty programme and wondered why the army would arrest Gana.

But the governor’s account runs contrary to that of the army which claimed that Gana was killed in a gunfight.
Meanwhile, a former lawmaker who represented Kaduna central senatorial district, Shehu Sani has faulted the circumstances surrounding the killing of Gana.

On his Twitter page on Wednesday, September 9, said that this development will definitely discourage other bandits who want to surrender.

This position from the former lawmaker earned him a backlash from a Twitter user, Usman Ibrahim, who sighted Sani’s earlier tweet that expressed fears of the reception of repentant insurgents.

 

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