- Rumours of Governor Samuel Ortom and Senator Gabriel Suswam setting up Gana has been refuted
- A former lawmaker in the Benue state House of Assembly, Timothy Iorchor says the rumours are false
- Gana, who had been on the wanted list of the military, was killed last week by soldiers from 4 Special Forces in Doma, Nasawara state
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A former lawmaker in the Benue state House of Assembly, Timothy Iorchor has exonerated Governor Samuel Ortom and Senator Gabriel Suswam over alleged complicity in the killing of wanted militia leader Terwase Akwaza by the military.
Akwaza, popularly known as Gana, who had been on the wanted list of the military, was killed last week by soldiers from 4 Special Forces in Doma, Nasawara state.
Iorchor who was the majority leader in the state House of Assembly between 1999 and 2003, stated that insinuations from certain quarters that Governor Ortom and Senator Suswam may have betrayed Gana, which led to his death are false.
He made the comment while speaking in a telephone interview with The Nation, saying all Ortom and Suswam were after was peace in the state particularly the Sankera Axis.
Recall that some Benue state youth condemned the reaction of Suswam to the killing of Gana asking him to withdraw his statement criticising the Nigerian military for the action.
The youth under the aegis of the Sankera Youth Forum (SYF) said Suswam's remarks mourning Gana pierced their hearts with a poisonous arrow and desecrated the graves of innocent souls the militia leader gunned down.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that 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 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.
In a related development, a middle belt group has commended troops of the Nigerian military over the killing of 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.
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