- There are serious fears of insecurity in Benue state following the killing of Gana by soldiers
- In fact, some traditional rulers in Sankaraland are said to have deserted their domains to Makurdi for safety
- Also, local council chairmen have fled their areas to unknown destinations over suspicion that bandits loyal to the slain militia leader might attack any time soon
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Days after soldiers killed Terwase Akwaza (Gana), a wanted militia leader in Benue, certain areas in the state are still deemed unsafe for residents, traditional rulers and even council chairmen.
Specifically, local government area chairmen in Sankaraland, according to The Nation, have fled to Makurdi, the state's capital as they now feel unsafe in their various domains.
Added to this, a member of the House of Representatives, Richard Gbande, expressed serious fears of insecurity after he and other leaders were involved in the negotiated process that led to Gana's surrender.
Akin to this, a councillor told journalists that most of the traditional heads in Sankaraland who were in the convoy leading Gana to the capital before he was killed are nowhere to be found.
The councillor said: “As I talk to you, the Ter Ukum, Arc Orkar Kaave, Ter Logo, Jimmy Meeme and Ter Katsina Ala, Benjamin Fezanga Wombo left their domain that same day and are in Makurdi. Even the whereabouts of Tor Sankera, HRH Abu King Shuluwa is unknown Nobody is safe.
“All the council chairmen have run away to Makurdi. Nobody is sure of his safety any longer in the area. The atmosphere is not clear; you can’t see any official or government vehicle in Sankera. There is fear there.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that two armed militants linked to Gana were killed by the Nigerian Army following a military operation on a hideout.
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John Eneche, the spokesperson for the defence headquarters, made the disclosure in a statement on Tuesday, September 15.
He said the attack was carried out on Monday, September 14, after intelligence reports indicated that some of Gana’s militia elements were seeking refuge in a hideout in the Adu area in Chanchanji council ward of Takum local government area of Taraba state.
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