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Benue militia leader, Terwase Akwaza alias Gana has been killed

A special Force of the Nigerian Army has eliminated a notorious militia leader, Terwase Akwaza, popularly known as Gana in Benue State.

Brigadier General Maude Ali Gadzama on Tuesday confirmed the killing to journalists.

NewsWireNGR gathered that the gang leader was declared wanted by Nigerian police for killing several citizens including Governor Samuel Ortom’s Special Assistant on Special Security, Denen Igbana.

The Benue State Government later placed a N10 million-naira bounty on him. He was also said to be behind murderous activities of criminal gangs in Sankera geo – political zone comprising Ukum, Logo and Katsina Ala local government areas and the entire Zone A senatorial district.

An intelligence officer told journalists that earlier in the day (Tuesday September 9, 2020), before Gana met his Waterloo, he was sighted in Katsina-Ala township stadium in Benue North claiming that he wanted to surrender for an amnesty programme by the state government.

Gana, along with 172 militia boys, had reportedly surrendered amid 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 officials, the Benue state government said.

It would be recalled that the militia leader had surrendered and handed over a catchment of arms and ammunitions to Benue amnesty programme of Governor Samuel Ortom in 2015 when he was pardon and later went back to his criminal activities.

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