The amnesty programme initiated by the Benue State Governor today received a huge boost as the most wanted warlord in the state, Terwase Akwaza A.K.A Gana, submitted a cache of sophisticated weapons and other weapons of warfare.
Governor Samuel Ortom who received the surrendered militia leader, Terwase Akwaza aka Gana at the Benues people house
expressed optimism and appreciation that the amnesty programme, which many skeptics and cynics expressed pessimism over its success has yielded, in the interim, the much desired outcome.
The Governor also stated that in view of a security interface with Gana, it was resolved that the amnesty be extended, in line with his policy of carrot and stick, to a period of 4 more weeks to allow other groups the last opportunity to key into the amnesty and submit their weapons.
After his surrender Terwase Akwaza said his reasons for his decision to hand over the large quantum of arms to include his conviction that Samuel Ortom has brought the needed change in Benue State and he believes, the issues that frustrated them to resort to carrying illegal arms and criminality within Benue and Taraba States have now become history.
His Excellency, Samuel Ortom expressed appreciation to President Mohammadu Buhari and his colleague, the Governor of Taraba State for accepting and approving the amnesty programme.
He also thanked the Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Katsina Ala for the mediation role he played in the course of dialogue with the militia group.
A total number of 84 guns and other weapons of warfare were surrendered by GANA and his group alone with a promise to convince those yet to surrender to do so in the next four weeks.