After the latter’s death, Orlumun inherited Gana’s gang and continued as the leader until soldiers arrested him last month in Katsina Ala, the home town of the late feared militia leader.
It can be recalled that when the very infamous robbery kingpin and militia chief in Benue State, Terwaze Akwaza a.k.a. Gana, on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, met his untimely death after being shot dead by soldiers in controversial circumstances, Nigeria came close to a standstill. But Mr. Ugbe Lorlumun, the man believed to be the brain behind the acclaimed supernatural powers of the late Gana, is alive.
After the latter’s death, Lorlumun inherited Gana’s gang and continued as leader until soldiers arrested him last month in Katsina Ala, the home town of the late feared militia leader.
Reputed to be the chief priest of the late Gana, Lorlumun said he owned a shrine from which he prepared charms with human parts and also owned a boiling pot of human blood from which he was able to see and target the enemies of the late Gana from his shrine.
The chief priest of the late Gana, Lorlumun, was arrested at Katsina Ala by the Four Special Forces Command of the Nigerian Army, after which he led soldiers to the shrine where he prepared powerful charms for Gana to function freely in the state of Benue.
Speaking to our Tiv-language correspondent at the Doma Local Government Area of Nasarawa State Command Headquarters, where he is kept under surveillance, Lorlumun said he used his shrine to protect Gana from security agents’ arrest before he (Gana) voluntarily agreed to come out of hiding only to meet his untimely death.
He said: “Ugbe Lorlumun is my name.” I’m a harbalist and the owner of Katsina Ala’s powerful shrine.
I used to train for the Late Gana supernatural powers. Most of the people he abducted were taken to the shrine where they were murdered, and Gana and his gang members used their body parts to prepare charms.
They would come to me every time the Gana boys went out for an operation, whether murder, robbery, banditry or some other form of criminal activity, to help prepare charms that could make them vanish from dangerous spots to safe places.
“In my shrine, I also have a blood-boiling pot that allowed me to see all of Gana’s enemies and their plans for him, and that helped him launch attacks on them.”
Our correspondent also found that the chief priest used his blood-boiling pot in the shrine allegedly led the late Gana in the killing of the District Head of Mbayongo, Chief Aloo Alvev, as well as the District Head of Michihe, Chief Chiahemba Livinus Shom, both in Katsina Ala Local Government Area, between 2015 when Gana’s activities reached their height and 2020.
It was also apparently with the aid of the shrine that Gana was able to destroy Chief Awua Alabar, the Kundav District Chief in Ukum Local Government Area, who was shot down in the presence of members of his family.
Speaking more, Lorlumun said: “I am a herbalist from Benue State’s Katsina Ala LGA.” For Gana and his boys, I used to prepare charms. Four of his boys came to me recently and I prepared charms for them.
The other day, since I am an expert, they came back to me and asked me to prepare a charm that could make them vanish in situations of danger. I can prepare a charm that when in danger will make one vanish to a safe place.
They were too small to bear those charms, I told them, so I declined, and they threatened to kill me. I was captured by the military when I was trying to escape from the Gana boys for my life.
Lorlumum recalled that Gana shaped himself into an alternate government with the aid of his shrine and the charms and enjoyed the status of maximum ruler in the jungle.
In the Sankara geo-political axis of Benue State, comprising Katsina Ala, Emblem and Ukum LGAs, the chief priest said he shielded Gana from arrest and the infamous criminal used his shrine to operate a sophisticated network of criminals.
He admitted that Gana conducted his affairs in commando style from his shrine and any challenge to his authority was met with death as you would be located by his blood-boiling pot.
We used to abduct or murder people, destroy them, and use their human components to prepare magical powers, although some of his powers came from his little girl, whom he had buried alive.
He made life miserable for the individuals and those who plied the federal highway between Katsina Ala-Takum and Katsina Ala Zaki-Biam-Wukari in Taraba State with my charms, allowing one to vanish at will.
I prepared a strong charm for him when he was declared wanted and nobody was able to apprehend him. He used to travel easily at his base in Katsina Ala, Ukum and Emblem, and he would be in Gboko much of the time, but he would not be seen by those who were searching for him.
He begged not to kill the military officials, claiming he had repented. He said he only used his shrine for the late Gana and his boys to prepare charms, but never engaged in their infamous activities.
“In a conversation with our correspondent, Major General Gadzama Ali, Commander of the 4 Special Forces Command of the Nigerian Army, said: “I would like to state that before now, it was incomprehensible that Gana’s name would be listed among the Tiv, Jukun or Kuteb for fear that Gana would see you in the blood-boiling pot in his shrine and his gang members under the direction of his chief priest
Today, I am pleased to inform you that the chief priest was not only snatched by the action of the SFs (Special Forces), I am pleased to tell you that the dreaded shrine was destroyed to dust.
“The chief priest was responsible for preparing the gang’s charms, using parts of the kidnapped people’s bodies.”