Gana: Amnesty cannot be granted more than once, group says

Gana: Amnesty cannot be granted more than once, group says

- A group from the middle belt area of Nigeria has reacted to the killing of Benue state's most notorious militia leader Terwase Akwaza

- The group said the Nigerian military took the necessary action needed to protect the lives and property of residents of the state

- According to the group, amnesty cannot be granted more than once by a government to any criminal gang

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A middle belt group has commended troops of the Nigerian military over the killing of Terwase Akwaza, Benue state's most notorious militia leader popularly known as Gana.

The Middle Belt Civil Rights Congress (MBCRC) said the sympathy shown by some politicians in the state over the military action should also be investigated.

A statement signed by the president of the group, Maxwell Godwin, said the security operatives who carried out the operation were right in their move to protect the lives and property of residents of Benue state.

Godwin warned that the controversy surrounding the death of Gana is needless as the late criminal gang leader made himself unworthy of any act of leniency under Nigerian laws having breached the terms of such conditions more than once in the past.

He said the purpose of amnesty is not to bend the law to protect certain persons of high connection in the society but to ensure justice without going through the rigours of  trials.

Gana: Amnesty cannot be granted more than once, group says
A middle belt group has said that amnesty cannot be granted more than once to the same person. Photo credit: The Nation
Source: UGC

Continuing, Godwin said it would be been criminal for amnesty to be granted to Gana a third time after having flouted the rules of engagement twice.

Godwin noted that anyone who relapses into crime even after conviction or serving his times is should be considered a serial offender not worth of leniency.

"Once there's a relapse into the crime for which forgiveness was given, the beneficiary makes himself a recidivist and unworthy of benefiting from such favours in future," Godwin said.

He also said amnesty usually comes with a deadline for acceptance after which the law takes its full course at the discretion of relevant authorities.

"If however the authorities propose and the suspect accepts, it is left for the authorities to examine the intentions for acceptance and if the suspect is found to be incapable of keeping to the terms the authorities may also take the necessary action to avoid further damage on the citizens," he added.

Meanwhile, previously reported that Gana was killed by some military troops on his way to accept an amnesty deal granted to him by the Benue state government.

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The operation which took place on Tuesday, September 8, three years after the governor of the state, Samuel Ortom-led administration had placed a N10 million bounty on him.

Also, days after Gana's death, his widow, Wantor Akwa, said her husband had decided to stop his criminal activities and tow the path of the God.

According to Akwa, Gana also decided to take the state government's amnesty deal because of the respect he had for the former governor of the state, Gabriel Suswam.

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