An operation conducted by a Special Security Joint Task Force on
Tuesday,April 4th, recovered arms and ammunition in Benue State.
The weapons including over 3,000 rounds of live ammunition, 26 assorted
fire arms, anti aircraft guns, grenades and rocket launchers were
recovered in a bunker near Gbishe in Katsina/Ala local government area
of Benue state allegedly belonging to the wanted criminal, Terwase
Akwaza, popularly known as Ghana.
The Joint Security Task Force headed by Commissioner
of Police from the Force Headquarters in Abuja, Bello Ahmed was
instituted by the Federal Government over the recent killings in Yam
Market in Zaki-Biam, Ukum Local Government Area of the state.
Displaying the recovered weapons at the Benue state government House in
Makurdi, the Special Adviser on Security to Governor Samuel Ortom,
Retired Colonel Edwin Jando said the weapons were found following a tip
off in the course of the operation to fish out the masterminds of the
several killings and violent crimes in parts of the state.
“The bunker where this weapons were discovered is one of the several
bunkers in the crisis torn Sankera axis of the state belonging to ‘Gana’
and his boys, we are making efforts to locate all of them in this
The Adviser explained that several arrests had been made stressing that
security operatives were on the trail of the wanted militant leader and
his gang members assuring that the operation was ongoing with the aim of
restoring peace in the area.
He acknowledged the role played by the Police Commissioner, Bashir
Makama, his Mobile Police counterpart Ahmed Bello who was deployed to
Benue in the wake of increased crisis in the Sankera area and the
Commandant of the 72 Special Force Battalion, Colonel Muhammad Inuwa in
ensuring the success of the operation.
In his remarks, Governor, Samuel Ortom commended security agents for
discovering the bunker and urged them to intensify efforts towards
recovering more weapons and arresting the kingpin.
He regretted that the wanted militant leader had used the amnesty
programme of his administration as a cover up to perpetrate crime
assuring that with the current support of the federal government he
would be arrested soon.
In his remark, the Commandant of the 72 Specail Force Battalion, Colonel
Muhammad Inuwa said all the recovered weapons would be handed over to
the Police for further investigations.
The Police Commissioner on his part said it was too early to release the
names of throes arrested assuring that in the course of the operation
the names of those arrested would be made public.