Why some see the fate that befell him as judgment, others see it as an invitation to another phase of convoluted insecurity in the country, particularly in the North Central region. Commander of ‘4 Special Forces Command’, Moundhey Ali, who announced G...
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Why some see the fate that befell him as judgment, others see it as an invitation to another phase of convoluted insecurity in the country, particularly in the North Central region. Commander of ‘4 Special Forces Command’, Moundhey Ali, who announced Gana’s killing last Tuesday, said he was killed along Gbese-Makurdi road after an exchange of gunfire. Ali also said about 40 members of Gana’s gang were captured in the process.
“About 12:00 hours on Tuesday, we received strategic information on the movement of the dreaded bandit, Terwase Akwaza Agbadu a.k.a 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,” Ali recounted.
According to him, those arrested were in their custody, adding that they would be handed over to the appropriate authority for prosecution. It was learned from some of the repentant militia gang members, who were given amnesty, that they were on their way in a convoy together with Gana from Katsina-Ala to Makurdi to embrace the amnesty when the Army intercepted them and forcefully pulled Gana out of the arms of the traditional rulers and clerics, who facilitated his renunciation of criminality. Governor Samuel Ortom had confirmed that the army intercepted the late fugitive on his way to embrace the second phase amnesty granted to criminals in the state by his administration.
“It was around 4:00 pm when we were waiting for the repentant militias that I received a call that Gana and others have been arrested close to Yandev roundabout in Gboko by soldiers. Many of the repentant militias had weapons, which they were bringing to surrender to us. The security operatives knew the process of the amnesty programme. So, I don’t know why they have to be arrested.”
However, with the growing culture of granting amnesty to criminals in the country, which began when the administration of late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua convinced Niger Delta militants to drop their arms and come to the negotiation table, some critical questions have trailed Gana’s killing. Some have asked: Why was the army unable to capture him when he was in hiding only to kill him when he embraced amnesty and was on his way with his ‘gang’ to surrender their arms?
To the former governor of Benue State and now a senator representing Benue North-east Senatorial District, Gabriel Suswam, security operatives have not learned lessons from the crisis triggered by the killing of the founder of the Boko Haram sect. Suswam, who was one of those that brokered the peace deal with Gana, also said that by killing Gana, the opportunity to learn “vital lessons” about the structure of crime in the state has been lost.