The Nigerian Army has announced the killing of Terwase Akwaza, popularly known as Gana, Benue’s most wanted criminal.
Gana was reportedly killed on Tuesday, during an exchange of gunfire with the army along Gbese-Gboko-Makurdi Road.
The Commander, 4 Special Forces Command, Doma, Nasarawa State, Maj. Gen. Moundhey Ali, while confirming the incident, said the military gunned Gana down at a roadblock mounted by the soldiers, NAN reports.
Addressing journalists, Ali said that 40 armed members of Gana’s gang were also captured during the operation.
The Commander disclosed that several rifles, pump action guns, ammunition, charms and explosives, among other items were recovered from the gang.
He said Gana’s corpse has been deposited in an undisclosed hospital mortuary.
According to Ali: “At about 12:00 hours today (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 snap roadblocks along the routes.
“At about 13:00 hours, there was a meeting engagement with the convoy of Gana, a shoot out ensued and the bandit was killed.”
The DAILY VENDOR reported before now, that Gana had earlier surrendered to the Benue State government following an amnesty programme extended to criminals.
The previously most wanted criminal met his waterloo while being moved to the State Government House in Makurdi, from Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of the State, where the State Governor, Samuel Ortom, was meant to have received him.