By Peter Duru
MAKURDI—As the manhunt for Mr. Terwase Agwaza, also known as ‘Gana,’ the renowned militia leader in Benue State intensifies, the State Police Command yesterday disclosed that it had recovered close to 100 cattle allegedly rustled from Fulani herdsmen by the notorious gang.
Conducting reporters round the recovered cow herds, the State Police Commissioner, Mr. Bashir Makama, disclosed that some cows which had earlier been returned to their original owners, were recovered from the den of the wanted militia leader in Gbishe and it’s environs.
Makama said: “They are part of the close to 3,000 cattle and other livestock that Mr. Agwaza has been rustling in that axis and creating problems between local farmers and Fulani herdsmen who erroneously believed that the local farmers were behind cows going missing.
“In the course of our investigations, our findings revealed that the gang rustles cows, almost on a daily basis, move them to various markets for sales in order to raise funds to arm themselves and also kill some for consumption.
“We recovered many at the point of sale in the markets where he had detailed his gang members to sell off the cows, while many were recovered in the den of the wanted Agwaza.”
Makama further disclosed that those arrested in the operation were undergoing interrogation, while efforts were being intensified by the Police to track down more of the missing livestock and also have Mr. Agwaza arrested.
“I can affirmed that the command is collaborating with sister security agencies to track down the fleeing Agwaza and we will not rest on our oars until we get him arrested so that the people can have respite.”