Man Killed By Nigerian Army For Being A ‘Blood Relative To Gana’, Other Relatives On The Run - Nicole Kaima's Blog


Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Man Killed By Nigerian Army For Being A ‘Blood Relative To Gana’, Other Relatives On The Run

A young man identified as Orladue Shidi has been reportedly murdered by troops of the Nigerian Army.

According to testimony from family sources, he was accused of being a blood relative of late Terwase Akwaza, alias ‘Gana’, the gang leader killed a few months ago by the Nigerian army while en route to receive amnesty from the Benue State government.

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A member of the Shidi Akaa-tyem family in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State, pleaded anonymity, to avoid being victimised by the military, told the People's Gazette that Mr. Shidi was held in custody for 20 days and then, extrajudicially killed by army personnel. 

“He was arrested on December 9, 2020, at Abaji market along Katsina-Ala Takum road (an interception between Benue and Taraba states) by soldiers from Gbise village here in Benue. 

“When his sister accosted troops deployed in Gbise, they said they were investigating to unravel whether or not Shidi was related to Gana (a notorious bandit leader recently neutralised by the military). 

“Trusting the army not to act like (the now disbanded) SARS unit of the police (which was infamous for extrajudicial killings), she went home relaxed that her brother would be released upon conclusion of investigation,” the source said. 

He added that Mr. Shidi was, however, murdered in military custody and his corpse dumped at Zaki Biam road, 182.1 km from the capital city Makurdi.  

  “A passerby who saw the body discarded by the roadside informed the family about the situation,” the source stated, while revealing that members of the family had absconded their hometown for fear of being hounded and killed by soldiers. 

The outcome of the purported investigation remains unknown. 

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An army spokesman did not immediately respond to how military authorities were working to ensure that the Shidi Akaa-tyem family gets justice for their murdered kinsman.

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