Or­tom urges ‘re­pen­tant’ king­pin to re­port self to po­lice

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hope Abah, Makurdi

Benue State Gov­er­nor Sa­muel Or­tom has urged ‘re­pen­tant’ king­pin, Ter­wase Ak­waza, pop­u­larly known as Ghana, to re­port him­self to the po­lice and an­swer to mur­der charges pre­ferred against him.

The for­mer gang leader was granted amnesty by the state gov­ern­ment in Septem­ber last year af­ter he sub­mit­ted his weapons.

Or­tom, while ad­dress­ing a church gath­er­ing at Mkar in Gboko area of the state yes­ter­day, said he had ad­vised Ak­waza to re­port to the po­lice in con­nec­tion with the mur­der of his Spe­cial As­sis­tant on Spe­cial Se­cu­rity, the late De­nen Ig­bana, who made a dy­ing dec­la­ra­tion that Ghana was among his killers.

The gov­er­nor said the state se­cu­rity coun­cil had re­solved that if the ac­cused did not vol­un­tar­ily re­port to the po­lice, the se­cu­rity agen­cies would fish him out.

Ac­cord­ing to him, some crim­i­nals con­spired and elim­i­nated his aide who con­trib­uted im­mensely to the suc­cess of the amnesty pro­gramme in the state and in re­solv­ing 13 kid­nap­ping cases.

He said the killing of his aide was meant to re­move hin­drances from the part of the crim­i­nals, stat­ing how­ever, that his ad­min­is­tra­tion would not sur­ren­der the state to them.

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