BENUE State governor, Samuel Ortom, has stated that his administration will do everything within its capacity to arrest the most wanted notorious crminal in the state, called Gana.
The governor gave the assurance while fielding questions from newsmen at the Government House, Makurdi, the Benue State capital, on Tuesday, stating that the security operatives were closing in on Gana, but were taking their time to avoid civilian casualties.
According to him, ‘there is nothing special about it, we’re going to get Gana soon, it’s just that we don’t want casualties involved in the process of tracking him down.”
On whether a price should be put on Gana or his bank account should be frozen, the governor said it was left for the security council to decide, stressing that several of his followers who had been arrested were already giving useful information.
“By the time we meet, we’ll know what to do. If there’s need to freeze his account, it shouldn’t be my decision, but that of the state security council,” Ortom further stated.
The governor, who also said he was not distracted by the Gana saga, said he would not hand over the state to criminals, who he said were already in trouble.
He disabused the mind of those who were portraying the ‘tracking’ of Gana as an abuse of human rights, stressing that “when the army went to Gbishe, no life was lost, they were able to keep to their rules of engagement.”
It will be recalled that joint operatives, led by the military, invaded Gbishe few weeks ago in search of Gana who had been declared wanted by police in connection with the killing of a security aide to the governor, Denen Igbana, recently.