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Gana’s Killing: Samuel Ortom Contradicts The Account Of The Military

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The Nigerian Army on Tuesday confirmed the killing of Terwase Akwaza also known as Gana, a wanted militia leader in Benue State after Ortom’s administration granted him Amnesty.

The Commander, 4 Special Forces Command, Major General Moundhey Ali, told newsmen on Tuesday that Gana was killed at a roadblock mounted by the army along Gbese-Gboko-Makurdi Road following exchange of gunfire.

However, the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has contradicted the account of the Nigerian military.

He said, “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.

“The process of the amnesty programme was known to the security operatives, so I don’t know why they have to be arrested.”

Earlier on Tuesday, Gana, along with 172 militia boys, had reportedly surrendered in the presence of traditional rulers, priests, and local government officials in Katsina-Ala local government in Benue. They were on their way to Makurdi when they were intercepted by military.

In 2015, Gana was offered amnesty but returned to his alleged criminal activities. In 2017, the Nigerian police declared Gana wanted after he was alleged to have killed several innocent persons.

The Benue State Government, at the time, placed a N10 million naira bounty on him. In an exclusive interview with Channels Television in 2016, Gana had denied any involvement in the killing of Mr. Denen Igbana, a security aide to Governor Samuel Ortom.

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