The Commander of the Four Special Forces Command, Doma Local Government Area, Brigadier General Maude Ali Gadzama confirmed to newsmen the killing of Terwase Akwaza, alias Gana, the ‘most wanted criminal’ in Benue state.
Gadzama revealed Gana was killed on Tuesday evening, September 8, 2020 in a firefight with military personnel at a roadblock mounted by the Army along Gbese-Gboko-Makurdi road.
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, said soldiers snatched Gana from a government convoy of repentant militants in Gboko.
However, earlier on Tuesday, Gana, along with 172 militia boys, had reportedly surrendered amid traditional rulers, priests, and local government officials in Katsina-Ala local government in Benue.
They were on their way to Makurdi when they were intercepted by military officials, Ortom said.
Reports state that the Benue state government had in 2015 granted amnesty to over 500 persons including Gana, who were terrorising parts of Benue and Taraba states, but most of them relapsed into criminality.
Gana was later in 2017, declared wanted by the Police while the Benue state government placed a N10 million bounty on him.
Gana’s corpse has however been deposited in an undisclosed hospital mortuary.