Less than 48 hours after suspected gang members of the wanted militant leader, Terwase Agwaza, alias Gana, gunned down five persons, including an 85-year old woman in Tor Donga area of Katsina/Ala local government Area of Benue State, gunmen, yesterday, engaged the Joint Security Task Force, JTF, in a duel leading to the death of two of the gunmen.
The JTF, after the shootout, recovered two military rifles from the gangsters. Sunday Vanguard learned that the security operatives, who acted on a tip off, stormed the gangsters hideout where they were holding a meeting believed to launch fresh attacks in the area.
Confirming the development, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Bashir Makama, said the gang had been responsible for recent killings in the area. Makama said, “They were part of the gang members who recently struck at Hotel Tyosee in Tor Donga and environs where they killed five persons including an 85-year-old woman. “Luckily, we got a tip off that they were in a meeting in the area plotting their next attacks.
Men of Operation Zenda, who had been on their trail, stormed the meeting venue and were greeted with heavy gunfire. “The ensuing exchange of fire led to the fatal injury of two members of the gang who however died before they could receive medical attention at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital while others escaped into the bush with serious injuries”.