The Nigerian Police Force today declared wanted Terwase Akwaza, a fugitive already on the watch list of Benue State government, in connection with last month’s killings in Zaki Biam.
The police, while parading 19 suspects arrested with the killing of 17 people in the Benue state town, said they recovered a lot of arms from a secret underground armoury of Akwaza, in the deep forest, in an operation jointly conducted with the military and DSS
Among the arms recovered were : 3 AK 47 Rifles, 3 FN Rifles, one G3 Rifle, One LMG, One SMG, One Double-Barrel Gun, One Mark 4 Rifle, 4 Single-Barrel Guns, 4 Locally-Made Revolver Pistols , 36 Hand-Grenades and 2 Short Gun Local.
Police also recovered hundreds of bullets and munitions from the armoury.
“The principal suspect (Terwase Akwaza aka Ghana) and his gang abandoned their hideout and narrowly escaped further into the forest as a result of the superior firepower of the joint operation teams”, the police said.
The police said their preliminary investigation and the operations embarked upon by the joint Police team revealed Akwaza, also known as Ghana was the gang leader of a “vicious and notorious serial killer syndicate” responsible for the senseless killings.
The Akwaza gang was also linked with the killing of about 50 people in other locations in Benue State.