Thursday, 13 April 2017

Troops ordered to capture Benue terror kingpin 'Gana' alive | Gov. Ortom increases bounty placed on his capture


The General Officer Commanding 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu, Maj.-Gen. Adamu Abubakar, has directed troops to capture terror kingpin, Tawase Agwaza, also known as “Gana” alive.

Abubakar gave the order in a statement by Col. Sagir Musa, Deputy Director Army Public Relations, in Awka on Thursday.

The GOC gave the directive during his operational visit of the 93 Battalion Area of Responsibility in Taraba.

He said the visit followed the activities of bandits, armed robbers, kidnappers, cattle rustlers and communal clashes among other menaces within his command.

“We must intensify our efforts to ensure predominance of peace and security in the areas within the unit,’’ he said.

He expressed the appreciation of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, to the soldiers “ for the good work you are doing here”.

“Your hard work and successes are well known to us, we are solidly behind you because you have done Taraba and Nigeria proud.

“Your success in the recently conducted operation is commendable and I strongly order you to maintain the momentum.

“However, to cap it all, you must capture the fleeing bandit, the terror kingpin, Tawase Agwaza,” the GOC said.

The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has also increased the bounty for the capture of Terwase Akwaza to 10 million Naira.

Terwase, a self confessed kidnapper and terrorist, went into hiding after he was declared wanted for killing one Denen Igbana, the Senior Special Assistant to Benue state governor on Special Security.

According to reports, Denen who led a team that destroyed many terrorist groups in the state, allegedly made a dying declaration that the wanted terrorist was one of his killers.

The state governor, Samuel Ortom had in August last year, placed a N5 million bounty on anyone with useful information that would lead to the arrest of the wanted terrorist.

After waiting for 9 months without any lead, Governor Ortom yesterday increased the bounty to N10 million.

He disclosed this when he spoke at an event held in Honour of his retiring deputy supretendent of police, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Jimmy Agaku. 

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