By Aluta News
September 09, 2020
“Gana”, most dreaded criminal in Benue gunned down by army
The Nigerian Army says its men have killed Terwase Akwaza, alias “Gana,” the ‘most wanted criminal’in Benue state.
Maj.-Gen. Moundhey Ali, Commander, 4 Special Forces Command, Doma, Nasarawa state who confirmed the death of Terwase to journalists on Tuesday said that “Gana” was killed at a roadblock mounted by the Army on Gbese-Gboko-Makurdi road, following exchange of gunfire.
The Reporters, an online publication recalls that “Gana” was among more than 500 persons terrorising part Benue and Taraba states that were granted amnesty by Benue state government about five years ago.
Rather than repenting, most of them returned to crime and criminality while “Gana”was later declared wanted in 2017 by the Police and the Benue state government placed a N10 million bounty on him.
Ali described the killing of the most wanted criminal by the soldiers as another breakthrough in their efforts to rid the country of the activities of bandits, terrorists and other criminal elements.
He said that the incident leading to the killing of “Hana” commenced when on 12:00, the army received strategic information on the movement of “Gana” along Gbese-Gboko-Makurdi road.
The commander further disclosed that the troops of Operation ‘Ayem Akpatuma III’ quickly moved and mounted snap roadblocks along the routes, adding that about 13:00 hours, there was a meeting engagement with the convoy of Gana, a shoot out ensued during which the bandit was gunned down.
He said that 40 armed members of Gana’s gang were also captured during the operation, adding they were in Army custody and would be handed over to the appropriate authority for prosecution.
Ali also disclosed that several rifles, pump action guns, ammunition, charms and explosives, among other items were recovered from the gang, adding that Gana’s corpse had been deposited in an undisclosed hospital mortuary.