The high command of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) on Thursday said that it would not join issues with the political authorities in Benue State over the recent killing of Gana, the wanted militia kingpin, by troops in the state.
Troops of Operation Ayem Akpatuma III, had on 8 September 2020, killed the militia leader, Terwase Akwaza alias Gana.
The military is being heavily criticized by political authorities in the state, for killing Gana, having known fully that he had allegedly surrendered to the state and was covered by the ongoing amnesty programme of the Governor Samuel Orton’s administration.
However, the AFN high command said at a press during in Abuja, through its Coordinator of Defense Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, that Gana was killed in an encounter with troops around Gboko in Benue State.
Be that as it may, journalists drew the attention of the military to the fact that Benue state authorities had expressed misgivings with the said operations, asking whether the military wasn’t aware of the acclaimed amnesty programme of the state, before embarking on the said operation.
Responding, the Defense Operations spokesman said he was unauthorized to speak on a matter, which political leaders in the state had already started speaking on.