Saturday, 21 May 2016

Gunmen kill Gov Ortom’s SSA

Gunmen at the early hours of Friday, stormed the home of Mr. Denen Igbana, the Senior Special Assistant, SSA, to Benue State Governor on Security, and shot him dead in the presence of his family.

The murdered Denen Igbana This was just as an Army Corporal attached to the Benue State Joint Security Patrol team code named ‘Operation Zenda’, allegedly shot a year two female student of Primary Education Studies at the College of Education in Oju local government area of the state.

 Saturday Vanguard learned that Igbana, a retired Police officer, was killed by a gang who waylaid him in front of his house along Naka road, in the outskirts of Makurdi town.

Narrating the incident to Governor Samuel Ortom who paid a sympathy visit to the family of the deceased, an eyewitness and Tax Collector in the area, Thomas Ayakpam said the assailants struck at about 1:32am He explained that the SSA had come home only to run into the assailants who were armed with sophisticated weapons.

 “They opened fire on his vehicle (a Toyota Hilux) perforating the car on all sides. “ Igbana ran out of the car, shouting and heading towards my own house but they shot him on his leg. He fell. At that point one of the gunmen came closer to him and he started shouting, ‘Gana so you can kill me, you want to kill me, what did I do to you?”.

 He was then shot severally and the people fled.” In his response, Governor Ortom who could not hold back tears said the deceased was one of his trusted aides who played a vital role in ensuring the success of the administration’s amnesty programme. The Governor who charged security operatives to apprehend the masterminds of the killing said, “they have killed part of me but I’m still alive and I will ensure that anyone responsible for this dastardly killing would be made to face justice.”

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