Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Family Accuses #Benue Governor’s CSO Of Killing Atoza Ihindan

 The family of the slain former member of the Benue State House of Assembly, Atoza Ihindan has accused the Chief Security Officer CSO, of the governor, Samuel Ortom, Mr Dickson Pawa of being behind the murder.

Ihindan, a Peoples Democratic Party chieftain and Chairman, Governing Board, Benue State Polytechnic, was killed on July 17, 2015 while inspecting the perimeter fence of his property within Katsina-Ala town in Benue State by two gunmen who rode in a motorbike

The late lawmaker’s son, Terfa who addressed newsmen yesterday in Abuja, in the company of other members of the family, alleged that Pawa, a Superintendent of Police and one Moses Anaana, were the masterminds of the death of their father.

 Terfa disclosed that his father and Pawa had been having a political wrangle before the PDP chieftain was gunned down in the presence of his police aide.

 Terfa, a commissioner in the government of former Gov Gabriel Suswan, said a couple was also killed the same day his father was murdered, adding that one of the killers who was apprehended  named Pawa as the sponsor of the two killings.

 He stated that he had proofs and witnesses who are willing to testify about the governor’s aide;s involvement in the murders, but declined to disclose the proofs, saying that he did not want to jeopardize police investigations.

“My father had a running political dispute with Dickson who is a politician in uniform. I’m not afraid to speak out because am not afraid to die for the cause of justice. As we speak, the police have not arrested Dickson and he is walking about freely in Katsina-Ala.

 “I have proofs and evidence that Dickson is the mastermind of the murder because on the day my father was killed, another couple was also killed and one of the suspects who was arrested by some youths said he was sent by Dickson. I am appealing to the IG to ensure that a thorough investigation is carried out,” Terfa said.

The State police public relations officers Austin Amaechi who was contacted on the allegation, denied that Pawa was named as a suspect in the murder of his father.

 According to Amaechi, “I spoke to the CP and he said that Terfa did not make any allegation against Pawa because if he had done that, he would have been asked to come forward and given a form to fill, then we would invite the suspect. We still challenge him (Terfa) to come forward and make his claims, if he has evidence to prove, so we can make progress in the case.”

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