Benue State Government places N5m Bounty on Elusive Kidnapper, Robber (PHOTOS)

by on November 5, 2016

As part of its efforts to­wards ensuring that Mr Terwase Akwaza, otherwise known as ‘Gana’ is apprehended as a result of his involvement in abduc­tion, killing, robbery, cattle rustling and other crimes that have been taking place in Benue, the State Security Council has announced a re­ward of N5 million for any person that gives informa­tion that would lead to his arrest.

Disclosing this while in­augurating state, local gov­ernment, district and ward security committees that would enhance peaceful co­existence between herdsmen and farmers as the dry sea­son sets in at Benue People’s House yesterday, Governor Samuel Ortom said Gana was granted amnesty after which he was given the job of collecting revenue for the state government but he de­cided to become a terrorist.

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The governor said Ter­wase Akwaza should be tried and explained that security agencies have been careful in the search for him so as not to harm law-abiding citizens.

Ortom further stated that good management of in­formation has become nec­essary now that herdsmen would be moving about with cattle and charged the secu­rity committees not to allow the relative peace existing between farmers and herds­men to be breached.

He said when prob­lem is identified in a place, it should not be allowed to degenerate and advised that timely information should always be released to the committees inaugurated at the various levels.

The governor said a sem­inar for stakeholders in the security sector was organ­ized along with the inaugu­ration to enable them have knowledge about the society and security and announced that at the state level, the se­curity committee would consist of the security advis­er who would be the chair­man while security chiefs, the Tor Tiv, the Och’Idoma, chairman and secretary of farmers association, chair­man and secretary of the Vigilante Group, chairman and secretary of Miyetti Al­lah and the leader of the Ci­vilian Joint Task Force would be members.

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According to him, the chairman of the local gov­ernment would be chairman of the committee at that lev­el while the divisional police officers, other security offi­cials, Miyetti Allah chairman and the Civilian JTF lead­er in the local government would be members.

Governor Ortom said similar committees would be inaugurated by his Secu­rity Adviser, Col Edwin Jan­do, at the district and ward levels and observed that even as Benue’s position is that ranching would be the final solution to the problem of farmers/herdsmen frequent clashes, the matter would be handled gradually with the sensitization of cattle rearers and other stakeholders.

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