From Rose Ejembi, Makurdi
One suspected criminal believed to be a member of the gang of dreaded kingpin, Terwase Akwaza, aka Ghana, has been shot dead in Benue State.
According to the Benue State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Moses Yamu, the Operation Zenda special squad of the command last week engaged in a gun duel with the gang of the wanted criminal at about 3am.
He said a gun battle ensued when the crack squad stormed a robber’s hideout at a location on the border with Taraba State, following reliable information that Ghana and his gang were holding a meeting in the area.
“The bandits immediately opened fire on sighting the police team. In the ensuing gun duel, a bullet hit one Danladi Audu, aka Jerry, who was hosting the meeting. Others escaped with bullet wounds, as there were traces of bloodstains all over the place. He was confirmed dead on reaching the hospital.”
Yamu, who disclosed that the team recovered an assault rifle with 115 rounds of live ammunition, 10 live cartridges, assorted charms, two Army camouflage shorts and other items, maintained that the manhunt for the fleeing criminals and the gang leader was still ongoing.
Ghana has been on the wanted list of security agents for several crimes, ranging from kidnapping, robbery to murder.