Troops raid militia’s shrine in Benue, arrest chief priest


Troops of 707 Special Forces Brigade, Nigerian Army, on Monday raided the shrine and suspected hideout of a notorious witch doctor, Mr. Tordue Gber (Tiv Swem), who acts as spiritual adviser to wanted armed criminal militias at Tor-Dunga town, Katsina-Ala Local Government Area, LGA, of Benue state.

During the operation, the soldiers succeeded in arresting the occupant, Gber (Tiv Swem), who is an ally of the wanted notorious criminal, Akwazar Terwase (alias Gana), who was declared wanted by the security agencies and has been at large since 2016.

According to a statement issued on Tuesday bythe Army spokesman, Sani Usman, preliminary investigation shows that “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 witch doctor “was arrested along with one of his accomplice, Mr. Atoo Kuwe Francis, while planning to carry out an attack and abduct one Mr. Zaya at Tse Bente village in the same LGA. However, Mr. Tordue was shot dead during the struggle to disarm him”.

The troops recovered a locally fabricated Pistol, two Baretta Pistols, 11 rounds of 9mm ammunition, three motorcycles and assorted charms. Other items include warm clothings for concealing weapons, two Mobile telephones and three power generating sets, amongst other items at the hideout.

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