Governor Ortom contradicts military, says Gana was intercepted on his way to surrender

Governor Ortom contradicts military, says Gana was intercepted on his way to surrender

- Governor Samuel Ortom has disclosed the circumstances surrounding the killing of Terwase Akwaza, better known as Gana

- Ortom told journalists that Gana was intercepted by the army on his way to surrender

- The governor said security agencies were aware of the state government’s amnesty programme

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The Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom has disclosed the circumstances surrounding the killing of Terwase Akwaza, better known as Gana, who was reported to be the most wanted criminal in the state.

Ortom told journalists on Tuesday, September 8, that Gana was intercepted by the army on his way to surrender to the state government’s amnesty programme.

Governor Ortom contradicts military, says Gana was arrested on his way to surrender

The governor wondered why the army would arrest Gana when it was aware of the amnesty programme. Photo credits: The Cable/ Diamond fountain media.com
Source: UGC

According to the governor, he was waiting for the arrival of some militants who wanted to surrender when he got a call that Gana had been arrested by soldiers close to Yandev roundabout in Gboko.

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He said he called a senior army officer, General Yekini to verify the information but was told that the army was carrying out an operation, The Cable reported.

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

The governor stated the security agencies are aware of the state government’s amnesty programme and wondered why the army would arrest Gana.

But the governor’s account runs contrary to that of the army which claimed that Gana was killed in a gunfight.

Meanwhile, a former lawmaker who represented Kaduna central senatorial district, Shehu Sani has faulted the circumstances surrounding the killing of Gana.

On his Twitter page on Wednesday, September 9, said that this development will definitely discourage other bandits who want to surrender.

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This position from the former lawmaker 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 another news, as President Muhammadu Buhari-led government seeks to end the terrorism scourge in the northeast, the military has commenced the construction of a base for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and other air assets in the zone.

This Day reported that this was contained in a statement released by the spokesperson of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), Commodore Ibikunle Daramola.

Daramola said that with the construction of the infrastructure for a newly-established unit, the 203 Combat Reconnaissance Group (203 CRG) in Gombe state would serve as the base for UAVs and other air assets.

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