Terwase Akwaza, alias Gana, “the most wanted criminal” in Benue State has been confirmed dead by the Nigeria Army.
The Commander, 4 Special Forces Command, Doma, Nasarawa state, Maj. -Gen. Moundhey Ali, confirmed to newsmen that Gana was killed at a roadblock mounted by the Army along Gbese-Gboko-Makurdi road following an exchange of gunfire.
In 2015, the Benue State government had granted amnesty to over 500 people who were terrorising parts of Benue and Taraba states including Gana but most of them had gone back to criminality.
In 2017, Gana was declared wanted by the police while Benue state placed a N10 million bounty on him.
According to Ali, “At about 12:00 hours on Tuesday, we received strategic information on the movement of the dreaded bandit Terwase Akwaza Agbadu AKA Gana along Gbese-Gboko-Makurdi road.
“Troops of Operation ‘Ayem Akpatuma III’ moved swiftly and mounted roadblocks along the routes.
“At about 13:00 hours, there was an engagement with the convoy of Gana, a shoot out ensued and the bandit was killed.”
40 armed members of Gana’s gang were also captured during the operation, were in Army custody and would be handed over to the appropriate authority for prosecution.
The Commander disclosed that several rifles, pump-action guns, ammunition, charms, and explosives among other items were recovered from the gang.
Ali added that Gana’s corpse had been deposited in an undisclosed hospital mortuary.
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