Army arrests wife of former Benue kingpin Gana


In the course of interrogation, she said that she was Gana Terwase’s wife before he was killed in a shootout with Nigerian soldiers in Benue State

Troops of the Nigerian Army have in separate raids arrested notorious criminals, among whom was the wife of former Benue State-born high-profile gun runner, late Gana Terwase.
The woman, Janet Igohia, 31, was apprehended on January 25, 2024 while allegedly collecting N1.5million ransom for a kidnapped person in Taraba State.
In the course of interrogation, she said that she was Gana Terwase’s wife before he was killed in a shootout with Nigerian soldiers in Benue State.
She also disclosed that she was currently married to another notorious terrorist, Voryor Gata, who was the second in command to late Gana Terwase.
In a separate operation, the troops also apprehended a notorious gun runner, Joshua Dutse Idah who supplied arms and ammunition to terror groups across the country.
The spokesperson for the 6 Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Jalingo confirmed the multiple arrests to SaharaReporters on Thursday, saying a large cache of arms and ammunition as well cash were recovered from the suspects.
He said, “in the ongoing operations by 6 Brigade Nigerian Army to ensure Taraba State does not become a safe haven for violent extremist groups and insurgents, gallant troops of 93 Battalion under the Brigade have successfully apprehended a notorious gunrunner involved in illegal dealings of arms and ammunition to criminals elements within
Taraba State and other parts of the country.
“Following credible intelligence on the activities of the arms dealer named Joshua Dutse Idah age 45, troops trailed his movement which led to his final arrest on 20 January 2024 in Ibi town of Ibi LGA while driving to Kaduna State in a Blue Volkswagen Sharon vehicle with registration number Rivers SKN-390AA.
“On interrogation, Dutse confessed he was going to Katsina State to bring in AK 47 Rifles and that he received part payment of 300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira). After a thorough search on the vehicle, troops recovered 1 PK Machine Gun, Quantity 399 rounds of 7.62 mm Special ammunition and 3 AK 47 Rifle Magazines.
“Also, on 25 January 2024, information was received from our sources on the activities of extremist groups and Insurgents around Chanchanji and Sai communities on their plans to move to a drop zone where relatives of abducted victims were directed to drop ransom money.
“Based on this information, troops deployed at Chanchanji laid in wait at the suspected area and at about 10:00 am, Janet Igohia, age 31, was arrested after picking up the sum of one million, five hundred thousand naira (N1,500,000.00) only being ransom payment for an abducted victim.
“Janet Igohia revealed that she is presently married to Voryor Gata, a notorious criminal and former second in command to late Gana Terwase. She is currently married to the leader of a violent extremist group in southern Taraba. According to her, she had previously been married to high profile criminals such as late Terkibi Gemaga, AKA Mopol a notorious kidnapper who was killed by troops 5 years ago.
“She revealed that she also got married to late Gana Terwase another notorious criminal who was killed during Joint Special Force Operation 3 years ago.

“She revealed that she also got married to late Gana Terwase another notorious criminal who was killed during Joint Special Force Operation 3 years ago.
“Additionally, troops deployed at Mararaba Baissa community of Donga Local Government Area, apprehended 2 other suspected gunrunners who were allegedly involved in extra judicial killings and cattle rustling with the sum of 664,000 (Six Hundred and Sixty Four Thousand Naira) which were proceeds of their illegal activities and 2 Techno mobile phones. The criminals are: Alhaji Adamu Damisa, age 40 and Usman Isah, age 44.”

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