The lawmaker representing Logo/Ukum/Katsina-Ala federal constituency at the National Assembly, Dr. Richard Gbande, expressed concerns over the safety of the leaders of the constituency, including himself, who negotiated the surrender of the killed militia leader, Terwase Agwaza, alias Gana, and his gang members.
Gbande lamented that the impression in his constituency since the incident has been that religious, traditional and political leaders in the area who negotiated the surrender of Gana and his gang members betrayed and gave them away to the military. The lawmaker who spoke, yesterday, in Makurdi, said: “The way Gana was killed by the military has created the impression that we lured him out 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 own safety in our constituency because the youths 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 leaders ensured that he embraced the amnesty and in doing that got killed by the military. The impression out there is that we sold him out, which is completely untrue.”
While describing the death of Gana in the hands of the military as extrajudicial killing, the lawmaker said: “Though I have been consistent in condemning the reign of terror Gana unleashed on our communities, extra-judicial killing of a surrendered repented militant cannot be condoned.
The lawmaker, who recommended that Nigerian security agencies be re-orientated on how best to protect the rights of the citizenry, appealed to his constituents and youths in the area to remain calm and law-abiding.
He called on the government to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of the militia leader and take further measures to address social, political, economic and environmental challenges that breed banditry and criminality in the region.
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