Yesterday, queendoosh.co reported of the arrest of some suspects loyal to Benue most wanted militia Terwase Akwaza aka Ghana who were arrested in connection to the death of an aide to the Benue state governor,Samuel Ortom. According to the military, three lieutenants of wanted militia leader, Terwase Akwaza, alias Gana were arrested
.Commander of OPWS, Maj.-Gen. Adeyemi Yekini who disclosed this while briefing pressmen, on Tuesday, in Makurdi, said the arrest were made after troops of OPWS in conjunction with 72 and 93 Battalion soldiers, following a tip off, attacked Gana’s camp at Ayaka in Katsina-Ala local government area of Benue State.
While noting that before the attack, NAF Mi35 Gunship Helicopter had carried out an aerial bombardment of the camp which led to the successful dislodge meant of Gana and his marked men, Yekini said in the ensuing melee, troops recovered some personal effects of the wanted militia leader, a development which suggested that he was in the camp at the time of the attack.
“During a search of the camp, troops recovered one gun, one pistol, seven rounds of 7.62mm 9mm special ammunition. Notably, two members of the gang were captured while another member of the gang was arrested by troops of the 93 Battalion towards Taraba State. The third gang member arrested in Taraba has already confessed killing the former Security Assistant to Governor Ortom.
He explained that the bombardment of Ayaka lasted for two days with a mop up exercise in search of Gana and his armed men on Sunday which led to the recovery of ten magazines of AK47 adding that on the same day, some men were sighted loitering around the destroyed camp after the troops had withdrawn.
The troops also ambushed a group of about 40 herdsmen with approximately 3000 heads of cattle at Kwatan Gyemu, some of whom were armed with AK47 Assault Riffle.
“Troops engaged the armed herdsmen who fled using cows as shield. Some of the cows were killed while some of the herdsmen escaped into surrounding bushes with gunshot wounds. Four motorcycles abandoned by the fleeing herdsmen were recovered. Our troops pursued the herdsmen and thereafter burned their camp close to River Benue.”