Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Gunmen Kill Former Lawmaker, Two Others In #Benue

In what now seems to be a weekly occurrence in Benue State, three persons, which include a former lawmaker, Douglas Begha have been feared killed while several others have been injured in Zaki-Biam, Ukum Local Government Area after some gunmen attacked the community Monday night.

Confirming the incident, Deputy Police Public Relations Officer (DPPRO), ASP Matthew Oku said at about 8p.m. police received information that three armed men operating on a motorcycle invaded the house of Honorable Begha at Kendev Village, shot and killed him on the spot.

Oku said that the gunmen also wounded Begha’s 12 years old son, Aondowase; adding that the gunmen while escaping shot and killed a cyclist, wounded the passenger he was carrying, snatched his motorcycle and escaped. “Police went into action and recovered the corpses and deposited same at St. Anthony’s hospital Zaki Biam while the two injured persons are responding to treatment,” Oku added.

The DPPRO also said the Commissioner of Police in the state, Dibal Yakadi had already stepped into the matter, explained that investigation was in progress as plainclothes detectives have already been dispatched to the area.

He however, noted that no arrest had been made at the time of filing this report but assured that the police would not rest on its oars until the culprits are brought to book.

Recall that in the last few months, the Benue North-East had been under severe attack by yet to be identified gunmen who had killed several persons including the political godfather of former Governor Gabriel Suswam, Chief Atoza Ihindan.

The Guardian also recalls that last week, eight persons were killed, with others injured in Zaki Biam by unknown gunmen riding on a motorcycle to perpetrate their night attack.

Meanwhile, the Tiv community in Taraba State has appealed to both the Governors Samuel Ortom and Darius Dickson Ishaku to find a permanent solution to the incessant killings and kidnappings along the border towns of the two states.

Speaking through the President of the Tiv Cultural and Social Association, James Nungwa, yesterday in Jalingo, the state capital, the group expressed dismay at the recent killings and abductions of people in Takum Local Government Area of the state.

Reports recently made available to The Guardian, showed that series of silent killings as well as abduction of persons have being going in the southern parts of the state.

In another development, Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Targema Takema yesterday alleged that over N48 billion of local government funds accruing to the state in the past eight (8) years tenure of former governor Gabriel Suswam were diverted to private accounts.

Tarkema, who made the allegation at a reception organized in his honour by the Mbaiwoo Development Association in Buruku Local Government area of Benue State, explained that the 29,000 staff strength of council workers portrayed by the past Governor Suswam’s administration was a far cry from the actual number of about 14,000 in the 23 local government areas of the state.


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