The leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has reacted to 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.
It 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.
Reacting to the murder of the wanted Benue gang leader Gana during a live broadcast on Radio Biafra monitored by this reporter on Wednesday evening, Kanu said: “If Gana was a wanted criminal, how come Channels TV was interviewing him?”
Also in a post on social media network after his broadcast on Wednesday evening, Kanu uploaded a video of Gana answering questions during an interview session with Channels Television and captioned it: “Nothing good comes out from being a saboteur.”