- Political leaders in Benue state have been warned against the use of ethnic slant to glorify evil
- The warning was handed to the politicians by a group of youth leaders from three states across the country
- The group, Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba Youth Fora also commended the Nigerian military over its actions against Terwase Akwaza, popularly known as Gana
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Youth leaders of three states in Nigeria's middle belt and north-central region have said they will not tolerate the use of ethnicity to glorify evil in the land.
The leaders under the aegis of Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba Youth Fora said some political actors in the region have taken to condemning the killing of Benue's most notorious gang commander, Terwase Akwaza, popularly known as Gana.
Led by three representatives, Ibrahim Dalla, Kifasi John and Agbara Abeda, the youth leaders commended the Nigerian army over its activities aimed at ridding the region of criminals.
Speaking at a joint press conference on Tuesday, September 15, the group said its members have total confidence in the troops to "continue defending the people of the region."
The group also said its delegation would visit headquarters of Operation Ayem Akpatuma III to appreciate the troops for all their efforts and commitment.
According to the leadership of the youth group, the people of Benue, Nassarawa and Taraba will not forgive Gana in a hurry for all the atrocities he committed against them.
"This militia warlord was not unknown to the Benue state government, which was the reason political leaders were packaging the one-sided amnesty to provide an easy exit for Gana at a time that government troops were closing in on his position," the group said.
They also said that the groups' fact-findings show that troops did not engage in any act of extra-judicial killing but rather took professionalism to deliver the kind of precision strike that ensured that no other person than the wanted terrorist was killed.
"We, therefore, make bold to exonerate the troops even as we vow to stand by the Nigerian army and the troops of Operation Ayem Akpatuma III as they continue to defend our people from the other Ganas and their political allies that are still out there and are even angling to replace the killed militia warlord," the group said.
Condemning the use of ethnic slant to glory evil in the land, the group said some individuals who have expressed opposing views are mercenaries against the people of Nigeria.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Gana was killed by some troops of the Nigerian military on Tuesday, September 8.
The militia leader was killed few days after he renounced his criminal activities in the state and its environs.
He was killed while on his way with of his gang members to accept an amnesty deal offered to him by the Benue state government.
Also, a widow of the deceased militia leader, Wantor Akwa, has said that her husband had promised to end all criminal activities.
Akwa also said the Gana had vowed to begin the work of God while ending his lifestyle as a criminal gang leader.
She also said that her husband only accepted the amnesty deal of the Benue state government because a former governor of the state and lawmaker of the ninth Senate, Gabriel Suswam, was involved.
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