Governor Ortom Expresses Shock Over Killing of Surrendered Militia Chief, Gana In Authorities Convoy
Benue State Governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom, has mentioned he’s in shock following the interception of a authorities convoy, arrest and killing of Terwase Akwaza popularly often known as Gana by navy authorities.
That is coming after a former state Governor, Senator Gabriel Suswam additionally condemned the alleged extra-judicial killing of the infamous felony, who had been terrorising the state, and referred to as for investigation.
Ortom made his emotions recognized yesterday on the Benue Peoples Home in Makurdi whereas briefing journalists on the state of the second amnesty programme of his administration, which covers Sankera geopolitical zone.
He, nevertheless, famous that he was nonetheless awaiting briefing from the Commander of Operation Ayem A Kpatuma from Doma in Nasarawa State, Main Common Moundhey Gadzama Ali, who promised he was coming to transient him on their operation.
The governor acknowledged that 5 repentant youths from Ukum Native Authorities Space of the state, who have been amongst these arrested by the Nigerian Military have been launched and have been conveyed to the Benue Peoples Home in Makurdi by the LGA Chairman of Ukum, Hon. Stephen Ayua, to be a part of the amnesty supply.
The governor defined that the amnesty programme was not truncated as those that couldn’t make it to Makurdi, because of the confusion created by the navy operation, could be given one other likelihood.
He urged the folks of Sankera to stay calm as he was nonetheless investigating the circumstances surrounding the arrest and killing of Gana earlier than taking motion on the matter, stressing that he owes the Benue folks the obligation to guard their lives and property.
Ortom had earlier addressed the 42 repentant youths, and counseled them for selecting to desert their detrimental methods to open a brand new chapter of their lives.
Gana was killed yesterday in Nasarawa State by the navy after exchanging gun duel with them.
In the meantime, Suswam has condemned the alleged extra-judicial killing of Gana by the navy, and referred to as for investigation.
Suswam urged Ortom to arrange an impartial judicial fee of enquiry with a view to attending to the basis of the matter.
Suswam, who represents Benue North East senatorial district within the Nationwide Meeting, in an announcement issued yesterday, which was titled: ‘A Time to Heal’, emphasised that organising of an impartial judicial fee of inquiry into the killing would unravel information of the matter to function classes for the long run.
He punctured the declare by the navy that the repentant felony was armed on the time he was killed, saying: “The declare that Gana was killed in a gunfight wants additional clarification as a result of those that accompanied him and watched him being taken away, together with his LGA chairman, don’t consider he was in possession of any arm.”
The chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy expressed concern that the repentant felony could possibly be killed by the navy after he had formally laid down his arms.
He mentioned: “I used to be completely dumbfounded to study that whereas Gana was on his technique to Makurdi, the state capital, to current himself to the state governor, who was ready, his lengthy convoy that included political leaders, conventional rulers, clergy males and safety companies was ambushed by alleged armed troopers and he was remoted and brought away. Within the midst of the confusion, footage started to flow into on social media of the bullet ridden physique of Gana with a rifle callously positioned on his facet.”
“Whereas I’ve been constant in condemning the reign of terror he unleashed on his neighborhood, I can not in good conscience as a lawyer of over three a long time and a senior parliamentarian settle for cold-blooded extra-judicial homicide of an unarmed particular person as an answer to our safety issues.”
The teachings of the Boko Haram escalation after an identical homicide of its chief are nonetheless with us at this time.”