Troops of Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS) operating in Benue, Nasarawa
and Taraba States, have paraded 19 suspects arrested in different
parts of the states for various offences bordering on armed banditry,
kidnapping, and weapons supply.
Dauda Atara and Andrew Imbwase who were major armourers and suppliers
of weapons to Benue’s most wanted kidnapper, Terwase Akwaza (aka Gana)
and two other kidnappers were among those arrested and paraded.
Force Commander of OPWS, Maj.-Gen. Adeyemi Yekini, said 10 of the
suspects were arrested in Gboko Local Government area of Benue State
while three others were arrested during a raid operation at Gana’s
hometown of Gbishe in Katsina-Ala local government area of the state.
Parading the suspects, Yekini said the two major suspects were the
number one weapon suppliers and armourers of Terwase Akwaza.
“Gentlemen, you have seen and interviewed the suspects and I can tell
you with every sense of responsibility that this crop of criminals is
perhaps, the most deadly set of criminals that we have ever arrested
since the inception of Operation Whirl Stroke and our hope is that the
prosecuting authorities will do a good job so that these people can be
removed from the society for a very long time," he disclosed.