Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Gana ‘most wanted criminal’ in Benue killed


          'Gana', 'most wanted criminal' in Benue State

The Nigeria Army has confirmed the killing of Mr Terwase Akwaza , alias “ Gana, ” the ‘ most wanted criminal ’ in Benue state.

The Commander , 4 Special Forces Command, Doma, Nasarawa state, Maj . -Gen . Moundhey Ali, told newsmen on Tuesday that Gana was killed along Gbese-Gboko -Makurdi road following an exchange of gunfire .

The 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 .

Gana was later in 2017, declared wanted by the Police while the Benue placed a N 10 million bounty on him .

Ali said , “ About 12:00 hours on 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 roadblocks along the routes .

“ At about 13:00 hours , there was an 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 .

He said the captured gang members were in Army custody and would be handed over to the appropriate authority for prosecution .

Ali also disclosed that several rifles , pump- action guns, ammunition, charms , and explosives among other items were recovered from the gang.

He said Gana ’ s corpse had been deposited in a hospital mortuary which he did not disclose .

( NAN)

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