The Benue State Police Command has cleared the air on the reported killing of wanted criminal, Terwase Akwaza, aka, Ghana.
The police command has clarified that it was one of his gang members that was killed and not the wanted militant leader, blamed for Benue killings.
Benue Police PRO, Moses Yamu however assured that efforts are still on top gear to bring to catch Ghana.
Mr Yamu said, “We want to clear the air that it was not Ghana that was killed. It was one of his gang members identified as Danladu Awudu.
“The Operation Zenda Special Crack Squad of the Benue State Command were engaged in a gun duel with Gang members of the wanted criminal Terwase Akwaza AKA “Ghana” on 11/08/2017 at about 0300hrs.
“The gun battle ensued when the Crack Squad stormed a criminal hideout at a location on the border with Taraba State, following a reliable information that Terwase Akwaza aka Ghana and his gang members were holding a meeting.
“The bandits immediately opened fire on sighting the Police team and in the ensuing gun duel, one Danladi Awudu aka Jerry who was hosting the meeting was hit by a bullet while others escaped with bullet wounds as there were traces of blood stains all over the place.
“Awudu was, however, confirmed dead on reaching the hospital.”
He added: “The team recovered an Assault rifle No. 2051679 with one hundred and fifteen (115) rounds of live ammunition, ten (10) live cartridges, assorted charms, two (2) army camouflage shorts and other items.
“Search for the fleeing members and the Gang leader aka Ghana is ongoing.”