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Police says Tivs, killers of Zaki Biam massacre in March

The Nigeria Police Force has declared that some criminal gangs with origin of Tiv in Benue State, are the suspected killers of the 17 innocent persons at Zaki Biam, recently, including two women and 17 men, reports ITRealms.

The Force spokesman, CSP Jimoh Moshood said this in Abuja at the parading of suspects arrested in connection with the merciless killings of innocent persons and wanton destruction of properties worth millions of Naira at Zaki Biam in Benue State on March 20.

The 19 suspects so far arrested, he said were all Tivs and made up of various criminal gangs on their roles in the killings of innocent persons and other violent crimes carried out by Terwase Akwaza aka Ghana in Benue State.

This was against earlier media reports that the killers were Fulani Herdsmen.

He said, follows deployment of Police Special Tactical Force and a high powered investigation team to unravel the circumstances surrounding the gruesome killings and bring the perpetrators to justice, set up by the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris.

Moshood in a press statement made available to ITRealms also said that the preliminary investigation and the operations embarked upon by the joint Police team revealed that one Terwase Akwaza aka Ghana, a gang leader of a vicious and notorious serial killer syndicate was responsible for the senseless killings of seventeen (17) innocent persons at Zaki Biam and for killing in cold blood of about fifty (50) people in other locations in Benue State.

According to him, Akwaza is also responsible for so many kidnappings, armed robberies and cultists violence leading to loss of lives and properties in other parts of Benue State. Further investigation revealed that he is also responsible for killing of Mr. Deneen Igbana (late) the Special Adviser on Security to the Executive Governor of Benue State, Chief Samuel Ortom.

ITRealms gathered that the joint operations comprise of the personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigerian Military and the Department of State Service, who are now tasked with the arrest of Terwase Akwaza aka Ghana and his vicious criminal gang.

The 19 suspects, Moshood said, are currently in Police custody and have admitted to be cohorts of the wanted suspect “Terwase Akwaza aka Ghana” and have facilitated the commission of some of the offences linked to him at different times in Benue and other neighbouring States.


The suspects, he said, will be charged to court on completion of investigation, 17 men and two women.

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