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Gana: Release Repentant Militiamen, Gov. Ortom Urges Army

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State and stakeholders in Sankera area of the state has called on the military to release the 35 repentant militiamen arrested alongside Terwase Akwaza aka Gana.

Recall that the most wanted criminal in the state embraced the state government’s amnesty programme, but was killed on Tuesday by soldiers in a controversial circumstance.

The Commander of Operation Ayem A. Kpatuma, Major General Ali Gadzama, while speaking on incident had said Gana was killed in a gun battle with soldiers.

A community leader, however, stated that Gana was in a government convoy when he was dragged out of a car by soldiers at a checkpoint in Gbitse in the Gboko Local Government Area of the state.

Governor Ortom while speaking with newsmen on Friday after the expanded Security Council meeting involving stakeholders, said the consensus at the meeting was not to join issues with the military.

Ortom said that the people of the Sankera have resolved to put behind them the death of Gana.

The governor said the state government would rehabilitate repentant militiamen who embraced its amnesty programme.

According to Ortom, “The expanded State Security Council met today (Friday) with Sankera stakeholders and resolved not to join issues with the military concerning what has happened but to accept it as an act of God.”

“Whatever has happened, we have to move forward, we can not bring back the dead, though, we are pained and we are waiting for more clarification on the killing.”

“We also resolved that the military should release the arrested repentant militias so that they can continue with the amnesty programme.”

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