- The Nigerian Army has reportedly made a huge request to the Benue state government after killing Terwase Agwaza (Gana)
- The NA, according to a source, said that it deserves the sum of N50 million as a symbolic reward for killing the most wanted criminal in the state
- The source noted that Governor Samuel Ortom's response will prove if the military has the support of the government in the fight against terrorism
Days after confirming that it has killed Terwase Agwaza (Gana), Benue's most wanted militia gang leader, the Nigerian Army (NA) is now demanding the payment of N50 million from the state government as the bounty placed on the slain criminal.
According to The Nation, the NA's position was revealed by a military source who spoke with journalists, saying that the Army is waiting to see if Governor Samuel Ortom will keep to his promise before Gana was killed.
The unnamed source went on to note that Governor Ortom's response to this request will prove whether the military has the backing of the government in the fight against banditry and terrorism in the state.
The source disclosed: “Despite the ransom (bounty), Gana still remained elusive, forcing the state government to raise it to N50 million bounty for his arrest. Yet, he was elusive, not until he was gunned down by the Special Forces on 8 September 2020.
“In the midst of this situation, the Nigerian Army deserves to be paid the N50 million ransom, having killed Gana. The assignment has been completed, the Army should be paid.
“It is not the cash that is important, but the need for political authority to set good precedent by giving backing to the military."
Moreover, the source stated clearly that the sum, if paid, will be a symbolic reward for the Nigerian Army's effort for killing a wanted criminal who bullied and terrorised most parts of the state and beyond.
Earlier, Gabriel Suswam, senator representing Benue north-east and former governor, had condemned the killing of Gana, a notorious criminal
Speaking on his development on Wednesday, September 9, Suswam said the security operatives had not learnt lessons from the killing of Mohammed Yusuf, founder of the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist group.
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