A storm of reactions by Nigerians has greeted the murder of wanted Benue gang leader, Terwase Akwaza, popularly known as Gana in Benue state, northcentral Nigeria by operation AYEM APKATUMA III of the Nigerian military.
Naija News had reported earlier that the murder of the Wanted Benue Gang leader came after he surrendered for the amnesty programme in Katsina-Ala township stadium in Katsina-Ala local government area of Benue North senatorial zone on Tuesday, September 8.
Before he surrendered, a bounty of N10m had been placed on the gang leader declared wanted years ago. That was the second time he was giving up himself after surrendering catchment of arms and ammunition to Benue amnesty programme of Governor Samuel Ortom, which he granted to restive youths in his first tenure.
Addressing reporters on Tuesday night in Doma LGA of Nasarawa state, headquarters of the 4 Special Forces Command where the lifeless body of Gana was paraded, the Commandant, Major General Moundhey Gadzama Ali said: “I invited you this evening to witness another breakthrough by troops on operation AYEM APKATUMA III
“At about 1200hrs today, we received strategic information on the movement of the dreaded bandit named Terwase Akwaza Agbadu AKA Gana along Gbese-Gboko-Makurdi road
“Troops on operation AYEM APKATUMA III moved swiftly and mounted snap roadblocks along routs at 1300hrs, there was a meeting engagement with the convoy of the dreaded bandit AKA Gana
“A shot out ensured and he was killed. During search, the following were recovered, Qty 5 AK 47,Qty 1 FN rifle, Qty 2 Beretta pistol, Qty3 pump action guns, Qty 1 locally fabricated submachine, Qty 10 Dane gun, Qty 19 browsing pistols, Qty 35 fabricated revolver pistols and Qty 2 fabricated mortars.”
“Other ammunition recovered, according to him, include Qty 766 rounds of 7.62mm special, Qty 27.9mm rounds, Qty 26.pump action cartridge
Major General said Qty1. Machine,Qty2 waist charms, Qty2.finger ring charms and Qty2 fabricated improvised explosives were also recovered. adding that 40 of Gana’s men have been captured in the operation and under custody to be handed over to the civil authorities for prosecution.
Moments after the news of Gana’s death went viral, Nigerians took to the micro-blogging site, Twitter to react to the matter. While some praised the military, others berated the Nigerian military for killing he wanted Benue gang leader.
Naija News captured some of the reactions below…
Gana in Benue was a terrible human being.
Does that give @HQNigerianArmy the right to shoot him after he surrendered following a govt declared amnesty?
What is even worse is that others would look at Gana’s fate, and decide to fight to the death.
Like Abu Shekau.
— Chxta (@Chxta) September 9, 2020
End of the road for Gana
At last, the notorious criminal, Terwase Akwaza, aka Gana, has been killed by the Nigerian Army. One basic fact I know is that truth, no matter how bitter & unpopular it seems to appear, remains inviolable and sacrosanct. pic.twitter.com/nZFHlNsCZu
— Buhari’s Prodigal Daughter (@johnnysleek) September 9, 2020
So Terwase Gana, a wanted man, came out today to beg for amnesty. While his people were taking him to Makurdi for onward movement to Abuja, the military allegedly killed him.
But Boko Haram members get dressed up and awarded scholarships.
An ISLAMIC REGIME indeed! pic.twitter.com/rQjZBFedha
— JONGOL (@JONGOL83935283) September 9, 2020
When Ortom saw the military was getting closer to Gana,he declared amnesty for his own criminals!The security forces intercepted him on his way to the fake Amnesty and got him killed,yesterday some fools were asking for picture evidence,today they were unhappy at the picture!
— Olusoga Owoeye (@olusogaowoeye) September 9, 2020
Remember the notorious Benue criminal ‘Gana’? declared wanted by the Police 3 years ago with a 10M naira bounty.
I just read on Punch that troops of the Nigerian Army have neutralised him in a firefight & captured over 40 of his gang members.
Good riddance! God bless the NA
— UG (@UgwunnaEjikem) September 9, 2020
Our military did a great job yesterday by eliminating Gana, a notorious killer & kidnapper who terrorised d citizens in Benue for years, but it’s really sad that some folks who always lament about insecurity are brewing some conspiracy theories to showcase him as the victim. Sad!
— TallJohn (@JohnFanimokun) September 9, 2020
— Cheren Terfa Jeremiah (@CherenTerfa) September 9, 2020
Somebody is not happy. See why i condoled him in my previous tweet?
Kashaku (his aide) in custody for masterminding several killings including the Mablom Church attack and now Gana is gone. Someone will now have to face Governance proper or create another distraction. https://t.co/w5S6wrREXs
— Abu Rayyan (@Abdulrahmanleme) September 9, 2020
The Nigerian army has to explain how Gana, a millitant leader who just surrendered to Gov. Ortom’s amnesty programe turned up dead. This is exactly how Boko Haram leader was summarily executed extra judicually in 2009 and this nation is yet to recover. pic.twitter.com/zX08tMr2lT
— Jerry King Nwobodo (@JerryNwobodo) September 9, 2020
All that so-called speak that Gana was hiding in the forest is BS! Gana was hiding in Plain Sights in some guesthouse owned by some politician. Interrogate his death pictures. Examine his skin. Is that how the skin of someone in the forest looks? Gana was a political terrorist.. https://t.co/d0Vvdhei5N
— Isuph JT (@IsuphJt) September 9, 2020
Governor Orthom of Benue State should be arrested as soon as his immunity is over for using Gana as his hit man and shielding him from being prosecuted after killing Soldiers and Policemen.
— Taiwo_Ajakaye (@dmightyangel) September 9, 2020
Hours before this a Punch report had quoted the state governor that
Gana had surrendered to the amnesty prog of his administration and was being escorted to Makurdi when soldiers arrested him at a checkpoint.
At what point was he killed in a shootout?https://t.co/o2SU136Itr
— Kúnlé Fálayì (@KFalayi) September 9, 2020