Militia leader, Gana, still on Benue govt’s payroll till date

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Nigerian Concord can authoritatively report that the name of the notorious militia leader, Terwase Agwadza aka GANA, is still on the payroll of the Benue state government as a Special Assistant to the state governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom, on Special Security.

According to documents at the disposal of this newspaper, Mr. Terwase’s name is still reflecting on the list of all the political appointees who are placed under the Office of the Secretary to the State government.

The documents revealed that the militia leader was paid the sum of N236,000.00 Only by the Benue state government in April, 2017 as his November, 2016 salary.

The salary according to the documents was paid to GANA’s UBA account through the same UBA main branch in Makurdi.

This newspaper gathered that the governor was advised by the new SSG, Professor Anthony Ijohor, immediately he assumed duties that GANA’s name be removed from the government’s payroll but the governor reportedly declined.

According to investigation, Ijohor based his argument on the ongoing investigation of the DSS to ascertain who has links with the militia leader between Ortom and his predecessor, Dr.. Gabriel Suswam.

Our sources at the SSG’s office said that the governor reportedly told Ijohor to leave GANA’s name on the government’s payroll as he is still his Special Adviser on Special Security.

The governor was quoted to have told the SSG that removing GANA’s name from the payroll would make the APC lose favour from him in the forthcoming June 3 local government poll.

The governor also told his SSG that his administration still needs the militia leader and his men for his re-election process in 2019.

This newspaper gathered that the notorious militia leader has continued to receive his monthly salaries and other entitlements as a political appointee under Governor Ortom-led administration despite claims by the governor that he had declared him wanted for terrorism.

It would be recalled that Suswam has been in DSS cell since February 25 over an allegation of gun running.

Two weeks after he was detained by the security agency, Governor Ortom personally stormed the head office of the DSS in Abuja with a fresh petition which made the agency decided to obtain another warrant to further detain Suswam.

The petition which was signed by the state Attorney General stated that Suswam is having a link with GANA.

It also added that the state would be ungovernable for Governor Ortom if the DSS releases his predecessor.

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