Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has on Tuesday clarified on the contrary reports that he requested that the military return the weapons recover from Gana and his group.
The Governor in his statement issued by his chief of Press Secretary, Terver Akase, the governor state he never asked the military to return the weapons recovered from Gana and his repentant terrorist group rather what he asked for on behalf of the State Security Council was the release of vehicles and other items such as official documents confiscated by the army during the operation, including the official Hilux Vehicle of the Executive Chairman of Katsina-Ala Local Government Council, Alfred Atera.
Late Terwase Akwaza, also known as Gana, was the leader of a terror group in Benue State before surrendering and seeking amnesty was in the Hilux vehicle requested to be returned on his way to Makurdi for an alleged amnesty programme before he was killed.
Ortom said he also requested the release of the repentant militias with the considered resolution of the council that the release of the affected youths would enable them to complete the amnesty process, which would reshape their lives as better human beings.
“It is on record that at the end of the 2015/2016 Amnesty Programme, which Governor Ortom anchored, more than 800 Benue youths, including Terwase Akwaza, embraced the scheme and over 1,000 weapons were recovered.
“The question now is, if the governor publicly destroyed the recovered weapons then, why would his administration want to keep the ones recently surrendered by the repentant youths? Such insinuation is senseless,” the statement reads partly.
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