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31 Jan 2018

Army troops kill Benue spiritual leader after raid on shrine

THE Nigerian Army troops have killed a famous spiritual leader in Benue State after raid on his shrine at Tor-Dunga town, Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of the state.

The chief priest, Mr. Tordue Gber (Tiv Swem) was gunned down by troops of 707 Special Forces Brigade, Nigerian Army, last Monday,during the raid by the troops. Army spokesman, Sani Usman, a Brigadier General, who said this in a statement late yesterday, said the raid was informed by reports that Gber’s shrine was a hideout for suspected notorious criminals and militias in the state. The late native doctor, according to Usman, was acting as spiritual adviser to the wanted armed criminal, Akwazar Terwase, alias Gana. “During the operation, the troops succeeded in arresting the occupant of the shrine, Gber (Tiv Swem), who is an ally of the wanted notorious criminal, Akwazar Terwase, alias Gana. “It will be recalled that he was declared wanted by the security agencies and has been at large since 2016. “Preliminary investigation shows that Mr. Tordue Gber (Tiv Swem) acts as spiritual counselor that provides Gana with “diabolical” powers and the shrine serves as hideout for wanted armed militia, meeting and planning point for operations and logistics base for the criminal armed militias that operate in Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba States, “the statement read. The native doctor, the statement said, was arrested along with one of his accomplices, Mr. Atoo Kuwe Francis,” while planning to carry out an attack and abduct one Mr. Zaya at Tse Bente village in the same local government area. “However, Mr. Tordue was shot dead during the struggle to disarm him,” the statement said. It said the the troops recovered a locally fabricated pistol, two Baretta Pistols, 11 rounds of 9mm ammunition, 3 motorcycles and assorted charms. Other items it added, included warm clothings for concealing weapons, two mobile telephones and three power generators, amongst other items at the hideout
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