Terwase Akwaza popularly known as Gana is reported to the most wanted criminal in Benue state as he has been known to torment residents along Benue, Taraba border, and feared by same people. He has been missing in action lately by due checks revealed on Sunday, May 5, that he is now operating from neigbouring Cameroon, Daily Trust reports.
The indication that the most wanted criminal may have fled to Cameroon was gotten from residents in Kastina-Ala local government area where Gana comes from, where he is coordinating attacks on Taraba border. Sources from villages around Kastina Ala and Logo areas who spoke to Daily Trust, said the criminal no longer stays within their axis as they said that he is hiding in borders of Cameroon.
A source said: “He is hiding in the borders of Cameroon since the myriads of offensive hunting for him by the combined security team in the state, including the military.” It should be recalled that the last thing heard about the wanted criminal was in October 2018 when the Troops of Operation Whiri Stroke (OPWS) said they killed his wife in a series of raids against gangs believed to be terrorizing the state. Gan was first seen in Benue on Monday, August 31, 2015 at the government house in Markudi during an amnesty programme for him and his criminal gang members where no less than 84 weapons were surrendered.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that troops of 72 Special Forces Battalion Makurdi, deployed for internal security operation in Katsina-Ala LGA of Benue, stopped what could have been a terrible clash between two Tiv clans of Shitile and Ikyora. The Nigerian Army, in a statement released on Monday, April 22 by its acting director of public relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, made this known, saying the force swung into action upon receiving intelligence reports of the planed attack. Sagir said the 72 SF battalion troops immediately laid an ambush for the armed bandit along the suspected route where they intercepted the armed fighters.