- Governor Samuel Ortom said repentant criminals have felt betrayed by the controversial killing of Gana
- The governor also charged the Nigerian military to build confidence and ensure the security of lives and properties
- Ortom, however, said Benue state has moved on from Gana's death having accepted his killing as the will of God
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Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue, has disclosed that the killing of Terwase Agwaza also known as Gana has made repentant youths feel betrayed in the amnesty programme of the state government.
The governor made this known during the security council meeting which also had in attendance political, traditional, religious and community leaders from the Sankera axis of the state.
Ortom, who noted that Gana's death has caused apprehension, also charged the military to "ensure that they take positions in the communities that will give confidence to the people and also protect lives and property of the people."
Gana was killed by the operatives of the Nigerian military on September 8. The notorious criminal met his waterloo and was subsequently annihilated three years after Governor Ortom-led government placed a N10 million bounty on information that could lead to his arrest.
Speaking further, Ortom charged the military on confidence building, saying that since the controversial death of the state wanted criminal, repentant youths are now doubting the sincerity of the government.
“The Security Council would continue with its confidence-building among the people and even the repentant criminals because they feel that they have been betrayed.
“That is what is trending now, that they have been betrayed, but we want to assure them that there was nothing like that," Ortom said.
The governor, who spoke at the new banquet hall of Government House, Makurdi, also described Gana's death as the will of God.
Ortom also said the state has moved on from the death of the wanted criminal said to have been used by some politicians in Benue state.
“Whatever has happened, we have to move forward, we can not bring back the dead, though, we are pained and we are waiting for more clarification on the killing," he said.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Orotm stated that his government would proceed with the amnesty programme for the repentant criminals in the state despite the recent setback occasioned by the death of Terwase Akwaza known as Gana.
The Benue governor made this disclosure on Thursday, September 10, while addressing journalists at the government house in Makurdi after the state security council meeting.
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