Monday, 23 May 2016

Ortom Vows To Fish Out Killers Of His Aide

Benue State governor, Dr Samuel Ortom has vowed to fish out killers of his Senor Special Assistant (SSA) on security, Igbana who was shot dead by unidentified gunmen.



Pandemonium broke out in Makurdi on Friday when gunmen shot and killed Mr Deneen Igbana.

This came just as assailants had attacked the police C Division located in Northbank area of Makurdi and shot the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the station and his orderly.

Igbana was assassinated right  in his house located at Tionsha area, along Makurdi-Naka expressway, at about 12.32am. It was gathered that the ugly incident occurred when the SSA arrived home after close of work.

Eyewitnesses said the gunmen stormed the house and shot severally on the Hilux van in which the SSA drove. The assailants pursued him when he had attempted to escape before he was finally killed in a house near his home.

Governor Samuel Ortom yesterday paid a condolence visit to the family at the residence in Tionsha, alongside members of the executive and state security councils.

He also visited the Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH) mortuary where the remains of the governor’s aide were deposited, just as he went to the Amazing Grace Hospital at Highlevel area to assess the condition of the son to the deceased who had collapse on receiving the shocking news of the death of his father.

However, the leader of Tionsha community, Chief Thomas Ayakpam who narrated the incident to Governor Ortom said, the death was a great loss to the entire community and state. He noted that the SSA was killed by the gunmen for no just cause.

“The gunmen came in the midnight at about 12.32am when he just returned and had not come down from his vehicle. He came down from the vehicle but they pursued him and shot him several times in the leg and stomach. But Denen was wailing calling for help as he mentioned the name of a notorious criminal who was recently granted amnesty by the governor. He died while he was being conveyed to the hospital after the gunmen had escaped,” Ayakpam stated.

Meanwhile Ortom has described the assassination of his aide as irreparable, saying the death was a heavy blow to him and the entire administration. He said he will quickly mobilize security agencies to unravel the killing and fish out the culprits.

Solomon Ayado
http://leadership.ng/news/529019/gov-ortom-vows-fish-killers-aide

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