Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Police Uncover Huge Stock Of Weapons Belonging To Wanted Militant Leader

A joint operation by the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and the military on Tuesday led to the discovery of a cache of arms including 3,000 rounds of live ammunition, 26 assorted fire arms, anti-aircraft
guns, grenades and rocket launchers in a bunker near Gbishe in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State.

The bunker is said to be owned by a wanted militant leader, Terwase Agwaza, also known as Gana.

Special Adviser to the governor, on Security, Colonel Edwin Jando (retd.), said the discovery followed a tip-off.
“The bunker, where these weapons were discovered, is one of the several bunkers in the crisis-torn Sankera axis of the state, belonging to Gana and his boys,” Jando said.
The special adviser noted that several arrests had been made but that security operatives were still on the trail of the wanted militant leader and his gang members.

He acknowledged the role played by the Police Commissioner, Bashir Makama, his Mobile Police counterpart, Ahmed Bello, who was deployed to Benue State 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 reaction after inspecting the recovered weapons, Governor Samuel Ortom commended the Army, Air Force, Police and other security agencies for their synergy in the control of crime and urged them to intensify efforts towards recovering more weapons and arresting the kingpin.

The governor also lamented that the wanted militant leader had used the amnesty programme of his administration as a cover up to perpetrate crime.

He expressed the hope that the militant leader would be arrested soon enough with the support of the federal government.

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