Gana: Widow of slain Benue warlord demands 5bn compensation, apology from FG
Mrs. Wantor Agwaza, the second wife of slain Benue repentant militant, Terwase Agwaza aka Gana, has demanded N5 billion compensation and an apology from the Federal Government for her husband’s killing.
The 34-year-old widow made the demands in an emotional-laden voice while reacting to her husband’s killing.
She described Gana as a good man who was used by politicians and dumped at their convenience.
Recall that Governor Samuel Ortom and his predecessor, Gabriel Suswam had condemned the killing of the repentant militia leader, saying it could worsen the security situation in the state.
Ortom had said that soldiers snatched Gana from a government convoy of repentant militants in Gboko and killed him, although the military said he was killed during a gunfight.
In her reaction, the widow called on the Federal Government to thoroughly investigate the circumstances leading to her husband’s killing and compensate the family with N5 billion.
She said, “I was in Makurdi when they called to inform me of the incident. Senator Gabriel Suswam went to meet him on Saturday because when they went for him on the second amnesty issue, he said if he did not see Suswam, he was not going to come out. That until Suswam comes around, he will not believe that the amnesty is true. This is because he said that when he first came out for the first amnesty, the government betrayed him, so until he sees Suswam, he wouldn’t come out.
“So Suswam went there to meet him and assured him that he was part of it and that he has arranged everything, that he spoke to the federal security agencies and they had given him (Agwaza) amnesty and that nothing will happen to him. So, they went to Akume Atongo Stadium in Katsina-Ala to meet with the chiefs and then surrender their weapons. After addressing them, they were going to Makurdi to finalise the amnesty at Government House. But on his way, the soldiers came and snatched him and killed him.”
Explaining how she got the information, the widow said, “I was in Makurdi and people started calling me that he was snatched by the soldiers from the car that was driving him along with a Bishop and his local government chairman.”
She said that her husband told her on Saturday that he was tired of his old ways and was ready to change so as to serve God.