The Benue State Security Council on Wednesday promised a reward of N5m for anyone who could provide useful information on the whereabouts of Terwase Akwaza, alias Ghana, who had been declared wanted in connection with various crimes in the state. He was a former aide to the Governor.
The acting Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Bem Meladu, made this known while briefing journalists at the end of the state security council meeting, presided over by Governor Samuel Ortom at the Benue People’s House, Makurdi.
Melladu said, the council took the decision after reappraising the efforts made so far by security agencies to apprehend Akwaza and his gang members.
He said that Akwaza was a beneficiary of the state amnesty programme and had been declared wanted by the police for his alleged involvement in kidnappings, armed robberies and assassinations.
According to him, Akwaza, also known as Ghana, is being hunted for his alleged involvement in the killing of the governor’s security aide, Mr. Denen Igbana, and rustling of over 7,000 cattle in the state.
Melladu said, “I want to passionately appeal to the people of Benue State and beyond to volunteer information that will lead to the arrest of the notorious criminal. I still advise people not to give him and his gang members cover.”