The notorious militia leader in Benue state, Terwase Akwaza popularly known by his nickname Gana, has been killed by officials of the Nigerian Army. Gana met his end during a shootout with the army 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.
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.
“At about 13:00 hours, there was an engagement with the convoy of Gana, a shoot out ensued and the bandit was killed, ” Gadzama said.
Gana, alongside his gang members, had reportedly terrorized Benue for many years before luck ran out on him on the day he was killed.
The Governor Samuel Ortom administration was said to have made efforts in the past to address the security challenges facing Benue, including the offer of amnesty and jobs to Gana and other suspected criminals in the state.
Gana and his gang members who had reneged on their initial amnesty agreement and returned to their criminal ways, were said to have surrendered their arms for a second amnesty to the Benue government and that he was being conveyed to Makurdi to formalize the process for the second amnesty when the military blocked their convoy along Gbese-Gboko-Makurdi and killed him.
An assortment of sophisticated weapons and ammunitions were retrieved from the rest of the gang who eventually surrendered.