Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has granted amnesty to the 42 repentant youths, urging them to take the chance severely and reintegrate themselves within the society to stay regular lives.
The Governor made this recognized to journalists on Tuesday, including that he acquired info that Terwase Akwaza also called Gana, was forcefully taken away by a crew of navy males whereas he and different repentant youths had been on their method to Makurdi the place they had been to be given amnesty by the State Safety Council.
In keeping with him, he has spoken with the Commander of Operation Whirl Stroke, Maj-Gen Yekini who promised to get again to him on the matter.
“An interception at Maseje in Gboko native authorities space by troopers confirmed to be males of Operation Whirl Stroke led to the apprehension of Gana whereas a few of the different repentant individuals retreated because of the confusion.
“Additionally, recovered arms had been additionally taken away by the troopers who intercepted the convoy of automobiles conveying the repentant individuals.
”Nonetheless, you will need to word that the amnesty programme adopted after a sequence of requests by the normal, political and spiritual leaders to armed youths terrorising Sankera to give up unlawful weapons of their possession and provides peace an opportunity,” Ortom mentioned.
He additionally disclosed that although over 80 repentant youths from Katsina-Ala, 67 from Brand and 25 from Ukum Native Authorities Areas surrendered their arms and had been being conveyed to Makurdi, solely 42 made it to the vacation spot following the incident that led to the arrest of Gana.