Insecurity and terrorism has been a major challenge to the Nigerian government in recent times.

Some of these activities include bombing, suicide bomb attacks, sporadic shooting of unarmed and innocent citizens, burning of police stations, churches, kidnapping of school girls and women, etc.

Many lives and properties have been lost and a large number of citizens rendered homeless. Families have lost their loved ones.

Notorious Bandit Leader Akwaza Terrorising Benue, Nasarawa Taken Down

A notorious bandit, Terwase Akwaza, also known as Gana who had been on the wanted lists of security agencies and the Benue state government since 2016 has been killed by troops of the Nigerian Army at a border between Benue and Nasarawa states.

Addressing newsmen in Doma, Tuesday night, Commander for Special Forces Command, Doma in Nasarawa state, Maj. Gen. Moundhey Gadzama said the Gana was killed during an exchange of fire in an operation code named Operation Ayem Apkatuma

He said the troops received information on the movements of the dreaded bandit along Gbese – Gboko – Makurdi road and swung into action by blocking the road.

“Troops on operation AAyem Apkatuma 3 moved swiftly and mounted snap road blocks along routs at 1300hrs, there was a meeting engagement with the convoy of the dreaded bandit aka Gana”

Gen. Gadzama said the troops engaged Gana, and his gang in a gun battle which resulted to his death.

He further said 40 of his men have been captured in the operation and are currently under custody to be handed over to the civil authority for prosecution.

He also explained that the corpse had been deposited in the mortuary at an undisclosed hospital.

Items recovered during the operation include five AK 47, pistols, three pump action guns, locally fabricated machine guns and revolver pistols among others.

Wanted militia leader, Terwase Akwaza a.k.a Gana was reportedly killed in the evening of Tuesday September 8.

Commander of the Four Special Forces command, Doma local government area, Brigadier General Maude Ali Gadzama said the militia leader was killed in a firefight with military personnel.

The deceased who was accused of killing several innocent persons, had a N10 million naira bounty on him.


  1. Innocent lives properties have been lost and a large number of citizens rendered homeless. Families have lost their loved ones. That serves him right.


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