From: Uche Nnorom, Makurdi
The House of Representative member for Logo/Ukum/Katsina-Ala Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, Hon. Richard Gbande has raised alarm over his safety as well as other leaders of the constituency who negotiated the surrender of the killed militia leader Terwase Agwaza alias Gana and his gang members.
Hon. Gbande said the impression in his constituency point to the claim that religious, traditional and political leaders from the area who negotiated the surrender of Gana and his gang members betrayed them.
It could be recalled that the wanted militant had on Tuesday surrendered himself to leaders of Sankera axis of the state comprising Logo, Ukum and Katsina-Ala Local Government Areas was killed by the military after being seized from the leaders near Gboko while being conveyed alongside his gang members to Makurdi to be granted amnesty by the Benue State Security Council.
The lawmaker who spoke yesterday in Makurdi said “the way Gana was killed by the military has created the impression that we lured and handed him over to his killers. It is sad because our youths will not believe whatever we tell them anymore.
“As it is, we are also scared for our safety in our constituency because the people are not happy with what happened. If the military had caught him in the bush it would have been a different story but the fact that we the political, religious and traditional leaders ensured that he embraced the amnesty and in doing that, he got killed by the military the impression out there is that we sold him out which is completed untrue.”
While describing the death of Gana in the hands of the military as extra judicial killing, Gbande said he had consistently condemned the reign of terror Gana unleashed on our communities, adding that extra-judicial killing of a surrendered (repented militant) cannot be condoned.
“The Rule of Law and International Humanitarian Laws are sacrosanct and must always prevail hence, extra-judiciai killings of suspects is unacceptable.
“If you arrest a person, he is under your control, and so as a professional military man you cannot gun him down.
“Extra-judicial killing is an infringement of the citizens’ rights to life and state violation of international human rights charter of which Nigeria is a signatory.”