Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue State has said his government would give whoever volunteer information that will lead to the arrest of most wanted criminal in the state, Mr Terwase Akwaza, a.k.a Ghana N5m.
Gov. Ortom disclosed this at the inauguration of the state, local government, district and ward security committees set up to foster peace between farmers and herdsmen in the state.
He said decision to place ransom on Ghana became expedient after he refused successive invitations by police over report of his criminal gang’s involvement in abduction, killing, robbery, cattle rustling, assassinations, and herdsmen and farmers’ crisis.
It will be recalled that recently, the Acting Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Bem Melladu said, “It has become necessary to inform the general public that a joint Security agencies’ operations commenced around Gbishe and its environs today as they search for Mr Terwase Akwaza, alias Ghana in connection with various criminal activities.
“The action followed the refusal of Mr Akwaza to report to the police to answer charges of murder, kidnappings, and armed robbery. The operation was approved by the State Security Council. Security reports have linked Mr. Akwaza with the assassination of Mr Denen Igbana, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Special Security, five Civilian Joint Task Force members in Ukum local government area and several killings as well as the kidnap of the Dangote Cement Company Indian workers.”