13 people have died in an attack in a village in the Kastina Ala local government area, in Benue state Nigeria. The attack was carried out by a robbery gang led by a notorious criminal called Terwase Akwaza, also known as 'Ghana.'
The spokesman of the state police, Moses Joel Yamu stated that gang of five robbed the village on September 14. As they tried escaping into other villages after the attack, two members of the gang were caught and lynched by the village mob.
The other three members of the gang ran to the nearby Gbishe village, where their leader comes from and mobilized for a second attack. Spokesman Yamu added that the youth of the Senga village were the reason why the robbers could not launch a full attack on the village as they have made it a priority to protect their village at all times.
The robbers allegedly then diverted to the neighbouring village of Kenvenger, which was next to Senga where their attack cost the lives of 10 people including a supplier of farm produce who was just at the village to offload a new supply. Five people were wounded and rushed to the hospital, but unfortunately, an eight-month-old baby and an eight-year-old along with their mothers and six others died in the attack.
The attack comes just one month after the state’s governor, Samuel Ortom, placed a 5 million Naira bounty on Akwaza, an ex-amnesty boss. The police state command has since deployed a number of the police force to the village to handle the situation.