"They Willingly Surrendered" - Governor Ortom knocks Army Over Gana’s Killing

Governor Ortom of Benue State has questioned the military over the killing of Wanted Benue gang leader, Terwase Akwaza, popularly known as Gana.

Standard News had reported earlier that the Wanted Benue gang leader was killed in a gun battle with operatives of the Nigerian military.

The commander of the Four Special Forces command, Doma local government area, Brigadier General Maude Ali Gadzama, confirmed the Wanted Benue gang leader was gunned down in a battle with operatives.

However, Governor Ortom accused soldiers of abducting Gana from a Government convoy of repentant militants in Gboko.

The Benue governor questioned the military’s decision to arrest Gana after the Wanted Benue gang leader had willingly surrendered alongside his boys.

“It was around 4 pm when we were waiting for the repentant militias that I received a call that Gana and others have been arrested close to Yandev roundabout in Gboko by soldiers,” Ortom said.

“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.

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

“The people willingly surrendered themselves to us, I believe that they will adequately be protected.”

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