- The Ethnic Minorities in Nigeria (EMN) have commended the Nigerian military over the killing of Benue state's militia leader
- The group said Terwase Akwaza's death allows for a new era of peace in the middle belt
- According to the group, most of the criminal activities in the region were carried out by Akwaza also known as Gana and his gang members
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A group of Nigerians from the middle belt region, Ethnic Minorities in Nigeria (EMN) have expressed their thoughts on the death of Benue's notorious militia leader, Terwase Akwaza, known as Gana.
The group's spokesperson, Tony Odeh, while speaking on Tuesday, September 22, in Abuja said Gana's death ushers a new era of peace in the region.
Odeh said the natives of Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa states breathed a sigh of relief when news of the death of Gana was announced.
He also said that hundreds of killings blamed on herdsmen and cattle herders in the region were committed by Gana and his gang members.
He added that it is quite unfortunate that some individuals or leaders of some ethnic groups have continued to mock and torment the peace of their fellow citizens by trying to foist a false analysis of the killing of Gana on the people.
Also commending the Nigerian army and its troops for ending Gana's long reign of terror, Odeh called on the military to go a step further to ensure that his remains are interred in an unidentified and unmarked location.
Odeh said that would prevent the location being turned into a shrine by Gana's followers.
"We wish to call on the Nigerian people to disregard the noise and join people of minority ethnic nationalities to celebrate the death of Gana," Odeh said.
We further call on the people to review their relationship and see a good reason to live together as one family from now on," he added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Gana was killed by troops of the Nigerian military deployed to the Four Special Forces Command.
The militia leader was killed in a convoy on his way to accept an amnesty deal from the Benue state government on Tuesday, September 8.
Speaking on his death, Gana's wife, Wantor Akwa said her husband had made up his mind to work for God before his death.
Akwa said Gana only agreed to the amnesty deal by the Benue state government because a former governor of the state Gabriel Suswam was part of the deal.
She also said that her husband was on his way to finalise the amnesty deal with the Benue state government before his demise.
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