- Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue has given a strong warning to armed youths
- Ortom told the youths that they have just one more chance to surrender themselves
- This warning came after the state's most wanted gang leader, Terwase Akwaza, was killed on Tuesday, September 8
Barely a day after troops killed the most wanted criminal in Benue, Terwase Akwaza, popularly called Gana, the governor of the state, Samuel Ortom, has given other armed militia members the last chance to surrender their arms.
Governor Ortom gave this window of grace during his reception of some youths who have allegedly terrorised the entire Sankera geopolitical zone and even Benue Northeast senatorial district, TVC reports.
The governor revealed that his call for surrender was influenced by calls from well-meaning Benue residents who have asked for the criminals to be given a chance through the amnesty programme.
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He maintained that for progress and peace to thrive in any community, the menace of insecurity must be thoroughly rooted out.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Gana had been finally killed by the operatives of the Nigerian military. Gana met his waterloo and was subsequently annihilated on Tuesday, September 8, three years after Governor Samuel Ortom-led government placed a N10 million bounty on information that could lead to the capture of the notorious militia gang leader.
Brigadier-General Maude Ali Gadzama, commander of the Four Special Forces Command of the Nigerian Army in Doma local government area of Nasarawa state, confirmed Gana's killing.
“At about 13:00 hours, there was an engagement with the convoy of Gana, a shoot out ensued and the bandit was killed," Gadzama said.
Governor Ortom further explained that the wanted criminal was killed during a crossfire with the Nigerian Army.
Before this development, Gana surrendered himself to the state government on Tuesday, September 8.
Gana made this decision at the Katsina-Ala township stadium in the Benue North senatorial zone during an amnesty event on Tuesday.
Gana was conveyed to Government House in Makurdi where he was expected to meet with Governor Ortom personally.
The criminal had earlier given himself up and submitted some arms and ammunition to Benue amnesty programme established by Governor Ortom.
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