- Police says Terwase Akwaza is responsible for the deaths in the Zaki Biam massacre
- The police says anybody with information that leads to Akwaza aka Ghana's arrest will be handsomely rewarded
- The force says that the reward was placed on Akwaza by the Benue state government under Samuel Ortom
The Nigeria Police Force has declared a N10million reward for the arrest of Terwase Akwaza over the killings in Zaki Biam.
The police says Akwaza was responsible for the deaths of 67 people in the recent massacre.
In a statement by police spokesman CSP Jimoh O. Moshood and posted by PR Nigeria late on Friday, April 21, the force said Akwaza aka Ghana, an indigene of Katsina-Ala is wanted for many crimes.
The statement read:
"The above named person is hereby declared wanted by the Nigeria Police Force. A warrant of arrest has been duly obtained from Court of competent jurisdiction for his arrest.
"The said Terwase Akwaza aka Ghana is wanted for merciless killings of seventeen (17) innocent persons and wanton destruction of properties worth millions of naira by arson, at Zaki Biam on 20th March 2017 and for killings in cold blood of about fifty (50) people in other locations in Benue State.
"He is culpable for other capital offences such as Kidnapping, Armed robbery, Culpable Homicide, Mischief by Fire and Criminal Conspiracy.
"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.
"He is dark in complexion, tall, stout in built and has no tribal mark on his face. Terwase Akwaza aka Ghana is a dangerous suspect, and an indigene of Gbise in Katsina-Ala LGA of Benue State.
"He speaks Tiv, Idoma and Pigin English Languages fluently.
"If seen, please report to the nearest Police Station or call 08033040358, 08035925554, 08036363531, 08033129778 or SMS 08057000003.
"A handsome reward awaits any person(s) with information that leads to his arrest. The Benue State Government has placed Ten Million naira (₦10,000,000) reward for anyone with useful information that can lead to his arrest."
NAIJ.com recalls that several people were killed in Zaki Biam in Ukum local government area of Benue state after a raid by some gunmen initially suspected to be Fulani herdsmen on Monday, March 20.
A community leader, Chief Udam Wuhe, said more than 10 gunmen stormed the town from TorTonda- Zaki Biam road at about 5:00pm.
According to him, the residents counted several dead bodies with several others injured and many houses razed.
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