Benue State Governor has admitted he made a mistake in granting amnesty to repentant militant, Tewase Akwaza popularly known as Ghana.
This was disclosed by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris on Wednesday in Abuja at the monthly meeting with members of the management of the Force and other senior officers.
While praising the Governor’s sincerity in admitting his mistake, the IGP urged senior officers to give special attention to repentant criminals considering their likelihood to relapse back into their old ways.
“I have to appreciate the governor of the state because he came openly and admitted that he made a mistake to have given him amnesty because with the recent recovery of arms, what he gave during the amnesty programme was just to deceive Nigerians.”
“No matter the issue of amnesty, we should put a close eye on repentant criminals because in the case of Ghana, he has so many weapons like machine guns and he claimed to have repented during the amnesty programme.”
“He was paraded in the public with rickety weapons to deceive us unknown to us that he has more. So, we have to take a second look at some of these things.
“Hundreds of people were killed by him who pretended to have embraced amnesty while in the real sense, his armaments are buried within those areas,” Idris said.
The Police chief also revealed that 18 associates of the repentant militant suspected to be responsible for the crisis in some parts of Benue state have been arrested, adding that a cache of arms belonging to the repentant militant has also been recovered.
It was also revealed that over 100 kidnappers have been arrested in less than a year by the Anti-Kidnapping Unit led by ACP Abba Kyari.
He said: “We have to give kudos to the Anti-Kidnapping Unit for what they are doing to arrest some of the criminals. The team led by Kyari is doing wonderful jobs because they have arrested hundreds of kidnappers.
“In the history of this country, we have not seen where police respond immediately to kidnapping issue and so far, we have to commend them.”