- Shehu Sani has kicked against the killing of Benue's wanted criminal, Terwase Akwaza
- The former Kaduna lawmaker believes that this will discourage other bandits from agreeing to surrender themselves to the authorities
- Sani put forward this position in a tweet on Wednesday, September 9
A lot of reactions from Nigerians have trailed the recent killing of Benue's most wanted militia gang leader, Gana, whose real name is Terwase Akwaza.
Gana was killed on Tuesday, September 8, by soldiers at a roadblock mounted along Gbese-Gboko-Makurdi road.
This was confirmed by the commander, 4 Special Forces Command, Doma, Nasarawa state, Moundhey Ali.
Gana's death came hours after he agreed to surrender himself to the state government through an amnesty programme in Benue.
However, a former lawmaker who represented Kaduna Central Senatorial District in the 8th Senate, Shehu Sani, has given his voice against the killing of the wanted criminal.
On his Twitter page on Wednesday, September 9, he said that this development will definitely discourage other bandits. Sani said: "To ‘kill’ a person who ‘surrendered’ would discourage others from surrendering."
This position from the former lawmaker has earned him a backlash from a Twitter user, Usman Ibrahim, who sighted Sani's earlier tweet that expressed fears of the reception of repentant insurgents.
In the initial tweet, Sani had said: "A repentant insurgent is like a domesticated viper."
Recalling this, the Twitter subscriber wrote: "Oga Senator why do you easily forget things?"
Meanwhile, 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.
Gana had surrendered himself to the state government on Tuesday, September 8. He made this decision at the Katsina-Ala township stadium in the Benue North senatorial zone during an amnesty event.
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