Gana: Ortom tackles military over seized official vehicles, detained repentant militants

Gana: Ortom tackles military over seized official vehicles, detained repentant militants

- Benue state government has demanded the release of about 40 militants arrested by the military alongside late Gana

- Governor Ortom said the repentant militants should be allowed to complete their surrender for amnesty

- The governor also urged the military to return seized official vehicles and documents

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Benue governor, Samuel Ortom, has demanded that the Nigerian military should release some official vehicles they reportedly seized.

The governor made the demand on Friday, September 11 after an hours-long security meeting with some stakeholders.

Governor Ortom told pressmen after the meeting that the stakeholders also resolved that the military should set free some repentant militants that were captured on their way to surrender for amnesty with the state government.

The Benue state government tweeted the state security council resolution on its official handle late on Friday.

According to Ortom, the call was to allow the militants to complete their surrender and enter into the amnesty programme.

Ortom tackles military over seized official vehicles, detained repentant militants
Governor Ortom says the military should release repentant militants and hand over seized assets. Photo credit: @benuestategovt
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Ortom said: "The repentant youths who were arrested by the military should be released so that they will continue from where they were coming to receive their amnesty and they were arrested."

The seized vehicles on the other hand, he said, should be returned because while some were hired, others were official government vehicles provided by officials.

The Benue state government also wants documents seized by the military also released.

"Also, items that were confiscated, we are also appealing to the military to return them. Some of those vehicles were hired, some are official vehicles to our government officials. Some other things are documents. We appeal that all these be returned to us,” Ortom said. notes that the militants were arrested and the assets Ortom wants to be returned were seized when the military ambushed and killed notorious militia leader, Terwase Akwaza, popularly known as Gana.

Gana met his Waterloo on Tuesday, September 8, three years after Governor Samuel Ortom-led government placed a N10 million bounty on information that could lead to the capture of the notorious militia gang leader.

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Brigadier-General Maude Ali Gadzama, commander of the Four Special Forces Command of the Nigerian Army in Doma local government area of Nasarawa state, confirmed Gana's killing.

The details of the operation that led to the militant's death has continued to generate controversy days after the incident.

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