By Beauty John, LAFIA
The Nigerian Army has paraded 41 members of late Terwase, also known as Gana’s criminal gang in Doma local government area of Nasarawa state.
This brings to a total of 119 key members of Gana’s criminal gangs in the Army’s drag net.
Commander 4 special forces Doma, Nasarawa state, Major General Gadzama M Ali made this known on Wednesday, in a press briefing at the forc command in Doma local government area of Nasarawa state.
According to him, the chief priest responsible for preparing charms for the gang using different human parts of kidnapped persons was also arrested. “We also have one of the commanders popularly known as “commandant”.
Gen. Ali disclosed that the commander in charge of armed robbery called Torkuma also died under Special Forces siege while in hiding in a village at suburbs of Katsina-Ala in Benue state.
“Today, I am pleased to inform you that, not only did the Special Forces snatch the chief priest but, I am glad to tell you the dreaded shrine has been razed to dust”.
“Before now, it was unfathomed for Gana’s name to be mentioned amongst the Tiv, Jukon or Kuteb for fear that, Gana under the direction of the chief priest will see you in the blood boiling pots of his shrine and his gang members will go after you,” General Ali said.
Meanwhile, 25 suspected bandits, kidnappers and gunrunners operating around the North Central, parts of North West and North East of the country have also been apprehended.
Notorious kidnappers’ kingpins Abdulkareem Sadiq and Momoh who were allegedly responsible for the killing of a DSS staff were captured during the operation along Okpele – Okene – Lokoja road in Kogi state.
He pointed out that the operation also led to the recovery of over 200 cows and killing of 18 bandits and their informants, while pointing that seven personnel of the Nigerian army lost their lives during the operation.
“Seven Personnel of the Nigerian Army lost their lives during the operation” Gadzama added.
The Army commander called on governors especially in the north central geopolitical zone to emulate governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi for giving them maximum support to fight criminal activities in the areas.
Items recovered from the suspects were two AK 47 rifle, cartridges, charms and N1.4 million cash.