Senator representing Benue North-east and former governor, Gabriel Suswam, has condemned the killing of Terwase Akwaza, popularly known as Gana, a notorious criminal in the state.
Alleged to be the most wanted criminal in Benue state, the Nigerian Army said Gana was killed in an exchange of gunfire on Tuesday, September 8, The Cable reports. However, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state claimed the army killed him on his way to surrender.
Speaking on the development on Wednesday, September 9, Suswam said the security operatives have not learnt lessons from the killing of Mohammed Yusuf, founder of the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist group.
Suswam said by killing Gana, the opportunity to learn “vital lessons” about the structure of crime in the state has been lost. “We stand to benefit more by subjecting suspects to due process of the law. Information extracted from a living Gana would have helped security agents get to the root of activities of criminals. “By this gestapo style execution, we have missed an opportunity to learn vital lessons about the structure of crime in the area.
Even war criminals captured alive are entitled to certain rights,” he said.