Why We Gunned Down Benue’s Native Doctor – Nigerian Army

Why We Gunned Down Benue’s Native Doctor – Nigerian Army
Chris Steven, Abuja


The Nigerian Army has gunned down a notorious native doctor in Benue State, Tordue Gber (Tiv Swem), for allegedly providing spiritual powers to criminal gangs operating in the state.


Troops of 707 Special Forces Brigade arrested Tordue on Monday following a raid of his shrine and he was shot dead during a struggle to disarm him.

Army’s spokesman, Sani  Usman, who made this known in a statement, said the military carried out the operation at Tor-Dunga town in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of  the state.

He said the deceased was fingered for spiritually backing wanted criminal suspect, Akwazar Terwase, also known as Gana, who is linked to several murder cases in the state.

Usman said, “Preliminary investigation shows that Mr Tordue Gber (Tiv Swem) acts as spiritual counsellor that provides Gana with “diabolical” powers.

“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.”

He said the native doctor was arrested along with one Atoo Kuwe Francis, while reportedly planning to carry out an attack and abduct one Zaya at Tse Bente village in the same local government.

According to the Army spokesman, items recovered by troops during the operation include a locally fabricated pistol, two Baretta pistols, 11 rounds of 9mm ammunition, three motorcycles, charms, among others.