The Nigerian Army has arrested a native doctor, Tordue Gber (Tiv Swem), who allegedly acted as spiritual counselor to the wanted armed criminal militia, Akwazar Terwase (alias Gana), in Benue.
A statement by Brig.-Gen Sani Usman, the Director of Army Public Relations, on Tuesday, said the suspect was arrested in Tor-Dunga town in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of the state during a raid on his shrine.
The army spokesman said troops of 707 Special Forces Brigade arrested Gber on Monday following information that the shrine served as hideout for wanted armed militia and meeting point for operations of the criminal armed militias in Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba States.
Usman said “Preliminary investigation shows that 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 native doctor was arrested along with one of his accomplice, 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,”
A locally fabricated pistol, two baretta Pistols, 11 rounds of 9mm ammunition, three motorcycles and assorted charms were recovered from the shrine.