- The defence headquarters has declined to make any statement about the killing of a suspected militia, Terwase Akwaza
- The spokesperson for the defence headquarters, Maj Gen John Enenche said he would not be drawn into any controversy over the killing
- Enenche stated that he is not permitted by ethical standards to talk when his superiors have spoken out
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The spokesperson for the defence headquarters, Maj Gen John Enenche has declined to make any statement about the killing of a suspected militia leader in Benue state, Terwase Akwaza, also known as Gana.
Enenche speaking in Abuja on Thursday, September 10, at the weekly briefing on military operations said he would not be drawn into any controversy over the killing of the suspected gang leader by the army.
The military officer stated that he is bound by law not to join issues with the Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, and other political leaders who have spoken about the incident.
“I am not permitted by ethical standards to join issues with what my political masters have said or done. By Section 217 of the constitution, we are subordinated to our political masters,” Enenche stated.
According to Vanguard newspaper, he explained that any statement he makes may be used by the media to pit him against the ruling class.
The spokesperson said he is not permitted by ethical standards to talk when his superiors have spoken out.
He, however, noted that he was monitoring the media and was aware of the governor’s reactions to the issue, but would like to stay away from it.
Legit.ng had reported that the Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom 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.
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.
Meanwhile, 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.
However, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state claimed the army killed him on his way to surrender.
He said the security operatives have not learnt lessons from the killing of Mohammed Yusuf, founder of the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist group.
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