Attack DPO, orderly
Makurdi, the Benue State was thrown into mourning yesterday, when yet-to-be identified gunmen shot and killed the Senior Special Assistant, SSA on Security to Governor Samuel Ortom, Mr. Deneen Igbana, at his residence.
Also, assailants have attacked the police C Division located in North Bank area of Makurdi and shot the Divisional Police Officer, DPO of the station and his orderly.
Reports said that the governor’s aide, Igbana, was assassinated in his home located at Tionsha area, along Makurdi-Naka expressway, at about 12.32am.
According to eyewitnesses, the aide, who had attempted to escape from his assailants, was chased and eventually shot and killed at a nearby house.
We learnt that the incident occurred when the SSA arrived home from work and was attacked by gunmen who had apparently being trailing him. They shot many times at the Hilux van that he drove forcing him to attempt to flee on foot and was subsequently pursued and killed in a nearby house.
Ortom, who paid a condolence visit to the family at the residence in Tionsha, alongside members of the executive and state security councils, also visited the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, BSUTH, mortuary where the remains of the governor’s aide was deposited.
Speaking during a sympathy visit to the family of the deceased, Ortom vowed that Igbana’s killers would never go unpunished. He ordered an investigation into the killing, assuring that anybody implicated would not be spared.
Ortom described the deceased as one of his most trusted and dependable appointees.
He disclosed that the deceased had intimated him that some people were threatening to kidnap him and that Igbana requested funds to carry out perimeter fencing of his house.
The governor further said that Igbana was instrumental to the sustenance of the amnesty programme in the state that led to the surrender of arms by criminal gangs.
Subsequently, he visited the Amazing Grace Hospital at High Level area to assess the condition of the son of the deceased who had collapsed on receiving the news of his father death.
Leader of Tionsha community, Chief Thomas Ayakpam, who narrated the incident to the governor said that the death was a great loss to the entire community and state.
Ayakpam, said taht the community was awakened at about 12:30 a.m. by gunshots adding that after the gunshots died down, he heard the deceased pleading with his assailants to spare his life.
“The gunmen came in the midnight at about 12.32 a.m. 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 Deneen was wailing calling for help as he mentioned the name of a notorious criminal who was recently granted amnesty by the governor.
I heard him say, “So, Ghana, after all that we have done together, you can look me in the face and kill me in this manner”.
He died while he was being conveyed to the hospital after the gunmen had escaped,” Ayakpam stated.
Some sympathisers confirmed that they also heard gunshots and the altercation between Igbana and his killers.
Also speaking, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Paul Yakadi, said the police were already, “nosing around to fish out possible suspects”.

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