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Benue: Late ‘Gana’s second in command arrested



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After long vigilance on the second in command to the late dreaded Terwase Akwaza, alias ‘Gana’, security operatives on Sunday arrested Cephas Aondofa Chekele popular called Azonto.

Azonto was arrested in Taraba State during a joint security operation and was immediately handed over to the Department of State Security (DSS) for further investigation.

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A military officer who craved anonymity told journalists, saying the suspect and late Gana have been terrorising terrorising Sankera axis of Benue State.

Meanwhile, Azonto’s priest and his gun runner have also been arrested, according to the Benue State Police Public Relations officer (PPRO) DSP Catherine Anene.

She disclosed that Azonto flee Benue State immediately his Priest and gun runner were arrested, adding he was wasn’t arrested in Benue.

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Since the death of Gana, his second in Command has intensified terrorism on communities in Sankera axis of Benue State.

Officers of Operation Zenda, the Benue State Police Military Joint Taskforce few months ago, arrested a man, Steven Torlumun who specialised in buying arms and ammunitions, land and building houses in Makurdi for Azonto alongside Azonto’s wife.

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The Commander Operation Zenda, CSP Justin Gberndyer, explained that in the course of investigation, over N4 million cash was recovered from the suspect.


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