One of the wives of the most wanted suspect in Benue State, Terwase Akwaza, also known as Gana, Mrs Wantor Akwaza, on Thursday accused the military of snatching her deceased husband.
Recall that the military had on Tuesday stated that the deceased was killed in a gun battle with soldiers.
A community leader had earlier stated that Gana was dragged out of government convoy by soldiers at a checkpoint in Gbitse in the Gboko Local Government Area of the state.
The deceased wife further stated that her husband was in a convoy of government officials, traditional rulers and clergymen, heading to Makurdi, the state capital, to finalise the amnesty deal he had with the state government before he was killed.
The 34-year-old, who spoke with some select journalists in Abuja, added that Gana only accepted the state government’s offer of amnesty and came out of his hiding after a former Governor of the State, Gabriel Suswam, visited and assured him that he was involved in the deal.
Recall that Suswan called on the Federal Government to set up a judicial commission of inquiry to investigate the action of the military.
Gana’s widow in her statement noted that her husband whom she had a conversation with on Saturday, accepted the offer because he was tired of living in hiding and wanted to start living as a freeman.
She said, “He said he had worked for the world for too long; so he wanted to work for God. He said he wanted to be a free man.”
She said she wanted government to “bring the people” who killed her husband “to justice and pay compensation” of N5bn to the family.