Zaki Biam massacre: Police arrest 19 suspects, declare Ghanaian wanted
The Nigeria Police has arrested 19 persons in connection with the recent attack in Zaki Biam,Benue State where over 50 persons were massacred.
The police also declared the alleged mastermind of the attack, Terwase Akwaza, aka Ghana wanted.
Addressing newsmen on Friday following the arrest of the suspects, the Police Force PRO, Moshood Jimoh said the suspects were nabbed by the Special Tactical Force and a high powered investigation team.
According to Moshood, preliminary investigation and the operations embarked upon by the joint Police team revealed that one Terwase Akwaza, aka Ghana, a gang leader of a vicious and notorious serial killer syndicate was responsible for the senseless killings of seventeen of Benue citizens.
He said, “He is also responsible for so many kidnappings, armed robberies and cultists violence leading to loss of lives and properties in other parts of Benue State.
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“Further investigation revealed that he is also responsible for killing of Mr. Deneen Igbana (late) the Special Adviser on Security to the Executive Governor of Benue State, Chief Samuel Ortom.
“This joint operations comprising the personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigerian Military and the Department of State Service for the arrest of Terwase Akwaza aka Ghana and his vicious criminal gang is currently ongoing in Benue State.”
The police spokesman said the team also recovered sophisticated weapons from the syndicates.
“During interrogation they admitted to be cohorts of the wanted suspect ‘Terwase Akwaza aka Ghana’ and have facilitated the commission of some of the offences linked to him at different times in Benue and other neighbouring States.
“They will be charged to court on completion of investigation accordingly”, he said.
Moshood gave names of the suspects as, Tordue Kaaor, Hiikenter Orbunde, Vincent Asemave, David Terhembe, Dalhatu Abdullahi, Iortember Orkuma, Manasseh Ikyar Nengene Ikyar, Joshua Ioraonya, Joseph John, Terwase Sabastine, Sunday Utza, Umsughaondo Gbaga, Swem Utiu, Terwase John, Mbadon Mbati, Tame Buumbu.