A well known gang leader in Benue State, Terwase Akwaza, has embraced amnesty programme by surrendering 84 guns to the state government.
Akwaza, who is popularly known as Ghana, disclosed that he became a militant leader to secure his community, adding that he had decided to genuinely embrace the calls by Ortom for people in the state, holding illegal weapons, to surrender them and embrace peace.
The State Governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom, made this known on Monday in Makurdi, the state capital, after the State Executive Council meeting.
Ortom, who announced that the amnesty window to surrender illegal weapons in the state had been extended to the end of September, said Akwaza had surrendered the illegally stockpiled weapons with him and had promised to desist from his violent activities in Benue and Taraba states communities.
The governor stated that the extension of the amnesty window became necessary following a plea by the gang leader that he needed time to persuade some of his friends in the underworld to also surrender their weapons.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Col. Edwin Jando(retd.), disclosed that he received 135 assorted rifles and 770 rounds of ammunition from those who voluntarily surrendered their weapons with 84 rifles submitted by Akwaza.