The killing of Benue’s most ‘wanted’ killer, Terwase Akwaza, better known as Gana by the Nigerian army on Tuesday has been criticised by former Presidential media aide, Reno Omokri, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, and senator representing Benue north-east Gabriel Suswam.
Topnewsniaja gathered that the Nigerian Army announced the death of the serial killer after an exchange of gunfire.
According to the commander of ‘4 special forces command, Moundhey Ali said 40 members of Gana’s gang were captured after his death.
However, there was a twist to the information given by the troops after Governor of the state, Samuel Ortom said the army killed the gang lord on his way to surrender.
Leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu during his broadcast on Radio Biafra on Wednesday evening has condemned the killing of Gana, said: “If Gana was a wanted criminal, how come Channels TV was interviewing him?”
He also 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.”
Also, former Governor of the state, Gabriel Suswam said the security operatives may once trigger another mayhem with Gana’s killing.
In a statement released by the Ex-Governor said security operatives have not learnt lessons from the crisis triggered by the killing of Mohammed Yusuf, founder of the Boko Haram sect.
“The lessons of the Boko Haram escalation after a similar murder of its leader are still here with us. If this method is accepted as a norm in our country, there will be no need for laws and courts,” the senator said.
“We stand to benefit more by subjecting suspects to due process of the law. Information extracted from a living Gana would have helped security agents get to the root of the activities of criminals.
“By this gestapo style execution, we have missed an opportunity to learn vital lessons about the structure of crime in the area. Even war criminals captured alive are entitled to certain rights.
“I was totally dumbfounded to learn that while Gana was on his way to Makurdi the state capital to present himself to the State Governor who was waiting, his long convoy that included political leaders, Traditional rulers, clergy men and security agencies was ambushed by allegedly armed soldiers and he isolated and taken away.
“In the midst of the confusion, pictures began to circulate on social media of the bullet ridden body of Gana with a rifle callously placed on his side.”
The legislator, who said many were excited when Gana “renounced crime”, added that his death has escalated tension in the area.
“Our joy was multiplied when we saw him along with his militia surrender arms and publicity renounce a life of crime. Our revered king extracted a pledge from him never to turn his kingdom into a wasteland,” he said.
“Those present at this forum heaved a great sigh of relief with the thought that finally, a life full of uncertainty has come to and end.
“This is a time to heal and not war. This is a time to hold each other to our common values as human beings. This is a time to rebuild our fractured society. This is a time to rally together as brothers and say Enough is Enough.”
Condemning Gana’s killing, former Presidential media aide, Reno Omokri said: “I don’t understand why the Nigerian government will kill an alleged criminal that surrendered but rehabilitate confirmed terrorists that did not surrender but were overpowered and captured. Gana may or may not have been guilty. That was for a court to decide!”