The Senator representing Benue North East, Gabriel Suswam, has condemned the killing of repentant militia chief in Benue State, Terwase Agenda, alias Gana, by males of the Nigerian Military in Gboko on Tuesday.
Suswam, in a press release issued in Abuja Wednesday, stated Terwase’s killing after turning a brand new leaf from crime by troopers was counterproductive to peace already returning to the State.
In keeping with him, in a scenario the place a prison had surrendered for a brand new lifestyle after persuasion from elders and leaders locally and later killed extra-judicially by some state actors engenders the therapeutic course of as “that is time to heal and to not kill “.
The assertion which was made obtainable to DAILY POST reads: “The occasions of September 8, 2020, in my senatorial district the place repentant criminals who had surrendered after intensive persuasions have been singled out and killed extra-judicially leaves a bitter style and has opened a gaping wound that requires all efforts to heal.
“It’s no secret that my senatorial district has been traumatized and the individuals terrorized by actions of prison gangs led by Mr. Terwase Agwaza alias Gana for a few years.
“The implications of this countless terrorism have been on a gradual decline of financial and social actions leaving a as soon as affluent individuals pauperized. Markets not appeal to merchants, colleges are closed and farmlands deserted. Politics within the space has turn into a warfare with uncontrolled proliferation of harmful weapons.
“No accountable chief will idly standby and watch his neighborhood turn into a theatre of warfare and a gangster’s paradise.
“It’s with this resolution mindset that conventional rulers, clergymen and elders of the realm determined to make the most of technique of constructive engagement and dialogue to make sure that youths of the realm don’t turn into instruments for the destruction of that society.
“The Benue State Authorities together with the safety businesses have lengthy desired for a return to normalcy, peace, prosperity and safety of the realm.
“We have been all excited to see the dreaded Gana come out of hiding to the nice and cozy embrace of our conventional rulers, clergy and political leaders at a public perform on the Akume Atongo Stadium in Katsina-Ala.
“Our pleasure was multiplied after we noticed him alongside along with his militia give up arms and publicity renounced a lifetime of crime. Our revered King extracted a pledge from him by no means to show his kingdom right into a wasteland.
“These current at this discussion board heaved a fantastic sigh of aid with the thought that lastly, a life filled with uncertainty has come to an finish.
“I used to be completely dumbfounded to study that whereas Gana was on his approach to Makurdi the state capital to current himself to the State Governor who was ready, his lengthy convoy that included political leaders, Conventional rulers, clergymen and safety businesses was ambushed by allegedly armed troopers and he remoted and brought away.
“Within the midst of the confusion, photos started to flow into on social media of the bullet-ridden physique of Gana with a rifle callously positioned on his facet.
“Whereas I’ve been constant in condemning the reign of terror he unleashed on his neighborhood, I can’t in good conscience as a lawyer of over three a long time and a senior parliamentarian settle for cold-blooded extra-judicial homicide of an unarmed individual as an answer to our safety issues.
“The teachings of the Boko Haram escalation after the same homicide of its chief are nonetheless right here with us.
“If this technique is accepted as a norm in our nation, there will likely be no want for legal guidelines and courts. We stand to profit extra by subjecting suspects to due strategy of the legislation. Info extracted from a residing Gana would have helped safety brokers get to the basis of actions of criminals.
“By this gestapo type execution, we’ve got missed a possibility to study important classes concerning the construction of crime within the space.
“Even warfare criminals captured alive are entitled to sure rights. The declare that Gana was killed in a gunfight wants additional clarification as a result of those that accompanied him and who watched him being taken away, together with his Native Authorities Chairman, don’t consider he was in possession of any arms.
“An unbiased judicial fee of inquiry will unravel information of the matter to function classes for the long run.”