- Former Benue governor, Gabriel Suswam, has condemned the army's killing of Gana, a notorious Benue criminal
- Suswam said by killing him, the army has lost the opportunity to get insights into the structure of crime in the state
- The Benue north-east senator also said Gana's killing indicates that the army did not learn from the killing of the Boko Haram founder
Gabriel Suswam, senator representing Benue north-east and former governor, has condemned the killing of Terwase Akwaza, popularly known as Gana, a notorious criminal in the state.
Alleged to be the most wanted criminal in Benue state, the Nigerian Army said Gana was killed in an exchange of gunfire on Tuesday, September 8, The Cable reported.
However, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state claimed the army killed him on his way to surrender.
Speaking on his development on Wednesday, September 9, Suswam said the security operatives have not learnt lessons from the killing of Mohammed Yusuf, founder of the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist group.
Suswam said by killing Gana, the opportunity to learn “vital lessons” about the structure of crime in the state has been lost.
“We stand to benefit more by subjecting suspects to due process of the law. Information extracted from a living Gana would have helped security agents get to the root of activities of criminals.
“By this gestapo style execution, we have missed an opportunity to learn vital lessons about the structure of crime in the area. Even war criminals captured alive are entitled to certain rights," he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Governor Ortom cried out over the rising crime rate and crisis going on in different parts of the state.
The governor, who decried the situation while swearing in new council chairmen at the Government House in Makurdi on Monday, June 22, lamented that the negative developments had direct serious effects on peace without which development cannot thrive in the state.
He urged the new chairmen to work in harmony with security agencies as well as traditional rulers, community leaders and other reputable leaders in their council areas to nip any form of crisis in the bud.
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