By Matthew Ajai-Kume
Governor Samuel Ortom has said that the killing of Mr Terwase Akwaza Alias Gana by the Nigerian Army will not derail him from sustaining his second amnesty programme for repentant criminals in the state.
The governor who stated this while addressing journalists at the New Banquet hall of the Benue Peoples House expressed shock at the sudden killing of the erstwhile criminal gang leader, Terwase Akwaza popularly called Gana.
“I am really shock over what happened: the interception of a government convoy, arrest and the killing of Mr Agwaza by the Military” Governor Ortom said.
“My second amnesty programme is not truncated ,I’m ready to accept as many as possible criminals who will avail themselves for the programme,what I want is peace, progress and development of the state”
The governor explained that when news of the death of Akwaza filtered in, he called the Commander of the Military Special Force ,Doma, Major General Moundyey Ali who is in charge of the Operation Ayem A Kpatuma Three that carried out the shocking operation that led to the death of Akwaza but was told that the commander will come to Makurdi to explained their action.
He further explained that, the five other repentant criminals from Ukum LGA arrested with Mr Agwaza were released by the Military Authority and were also granted amnesty.
The Governor urged the people of Sankera axis to be calm and follow the path of peace, as his administration is carefully digging into the arrest and killing of Mr Agwaza while he assured the people of the state of his administration readiness to secure and protect their lives and property.
Meanwhile, Governor Samuel Ortom has applauded repentant criminals for accepting a new life through the amnesty programme.
Addressing them in Makurdi, the governor charged them to maintain this new positive and acceptable way of living and promised to continue to empower them to be useful to themselves and society at large.