Extra information have emerged that Benue State’s most needed prison, Terwase Akwaza, aka Gana, may need had a premonition of his loss of life as he swapped vehicles within the authorities convoy that was taking him and different repentant militias to Makurdi, the state capital.
Sources, who have been eyewitnesses, advised our correspondent that when the convoy took off from Katsina-Ala at about 1:30pm on Tuesday, Gana was in one of many official automobiles of one among the paramount rulers.
They, nevertheless, stated that after they crossed the River Katsina-Ala Bridge, Gana requested that he be allowed to be part of a priest who was in an area authorities chairman’s official automotive.
The Benue warlord had accepted to surrender his manner of crime after conventional rulers from Sankera group mediated and appealed to him to simply accept the amnesty provided by the State Governor, Samuel Ortom.
Gana and about 132 repentant members of his gang have been on their technique to Makurdi the place they have been anticipated to be obtained by the state safety council when the federal government convoy conveying them was intercepted close to Yandev Roundabout in Gboko.
Gana and 40 others have been, thereafter, arrested.
Our correspondent was advised that Gana was seated in the back of the Chairman of Katsina-Ala Native Authorities Space’s official automotive alongside the chairman, Alfred Atera.
The troopers have been additionally stated to have pulled out a yet-to-be-identified priest sitting beside Gana.
The Commander of 4 Particular Power Brigade, Main Normal Ali Gadzama, later addressed journalists within the Doma Native Authorities Space of Nasarawa State the place he stated Gana was killed in a shootout with troopers.
Sources, nevertheless, advised our correspondent that the deceased had proven some strikes which urged that he knew he is perhaps murdered or betrayed by the individuals.
One of many sources famous that Gana, who took off from his base in Gbitse, advised the mediators who have been largely conventional rulers from Sankera space to ship a trusted monarch to come back and decide him up from his base to Katsina-Ala as he didn’t need to come down alone.
The supply stated, “Not for concern of safety operatives however I believe he most likely thought that in case something occurred to him, it needs to be identified to his mediators. So, the conventional rulers needed to ship delegates together with safety males to Gbitse to convey him to Katsina-Ala.
“A part of the preparations was to go straight to the residence of Tor Sankera and the paramount ruler of Sankera group, Abu King Shuluwa, however Gana objected to this and requested to be obtained at Akume Atongo stadium which is a public place.
“It was the change within the preparations that delayed the programme as a result of the preliminary plan was that Gana and different repentant individuals have been to be obtained on the Authorities Home, Makurdi by members of the state safety council newest at 1:00pm.”
The supply added that Gana was dropped at the stadium at about 12:30pm on Tuesday.
One other supply stated he was obtained at Akume Atongo stadium by conventional rulers, spiritual leaders, stakeholders and a mammoth crowd, a few of whom thronged the stadium to catch a glimpse of him.
The supply stated as of the time the convoy took off from Katsina-Ala at about 1:30pm, Gana was in one of many paramount rulers’ official vehicles.
The supply stated, “However as quickly as they crossed River Katsina-Ala Bridge, Gana requested the convoy to cease and advised the normal rulers round him that he was not snug with the automotive he was in. He then requested to be moved to hitch the automotive by which a priest was travelling which occurred to be the official automotive of the native authorities chairman, Alfred Orya Atera.
“As he stepped out to enter the automotive, he regarded again on the city and determined to surrender his wayward life. He was going to embrace amnesty and if the amnesty was a ploy to kill him to finish the disaster, he warned that somebody would emerge after him that will be extra brutal than him.
“All these have been spoken in Tiv language. Then he added that he can be extra snug sitting with the priest within the automobile and that in case, he died, he needed to die with Christ. Then, he entered and the convoy zoomed off. Sadly, the convoy was intercepted near Yandev Roundabout in Gboko by troopers.”
Gana, who was from a humble background, was alleged for use by politicians, particularly throughout elections.
A group chief within the Brand Native Authorities Space of Benue State, Joseph Anawah, stated, “He joined Tiv youths to enter battle in opposition to the Kuteb of Taraba State to guard his individuals. His bravery gave him the pseudonym of Gana. On the time the disaster subsided, Gana shaped a militia group and in the reason for trying for a way of survival, he took to prison actions of theft and wherever there was a disagreement, squabbles in the neighborhood, he and his gang would intervene.
Supply: The PUNCH