Legal practitioner and son of late top Benue politician, Atoza Ihinda, Terfa Ihindan has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Solomon Arase over what he termed as shoddy handling of investigation into the murder of his father.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that late Ihindan, a national honour holder of the Member of the Federal Republic, MFR, was murdered in cold blood in his property at Katsina-Ala, Benue state on July 17, 2015.
Since then, a crack team of detectives from the IGP office reportedly swung into action, but Barrister Terfa Ihindan, said the investigation is being slowed down due to the fact that one of the suspected killers of his father is a police officer, one Superintendant of Police, SUPOL Dickson Orlu Pawa.
Terfa, in a letter dated September 28, titled ‘Complaint against the Police handling of investigation into the murder of my late Father Rt. Hon. Atoza Ihindan, MFR and a copy made available to Nigerian Pilot, reminded the IGP that in an earlier petition, he pointed at SP Dickson Orlu Pawa as the prime suspect, along with Moses Anaana, and one Ability.
Part of the letter reads, “Sir, the police team headed by CSP Babale arrived Benue promptly as dispatched by you through your able DIG Doma. The leader of the team however compromised the investigation by not taking decisive actions on the matter in a bid to protect his colleague, SP Pawa.
“I made a verbal complaint to the humane DIG who asked me to formalise the complaint. As I was getting the facts ready, I received with very rude shock the news that the police team threw away and abandoned the whole case file in a taxi. The taxi driver upon recovery of the file, called a phone number he said he got from the file and it happened to be my late father’s PA’s phone number.
“Sir, I call on your good office once again to do justice to this case. I hereby return to your good office, the entire case file which may have been tempered with by Pawa through the leader of the team CSP Aminu Babale.
Already, Terfa, had through his lawyers, Inno D. Daa’gba & Co, had on October 22, written to the IGP requesting for intervention to ensure proper handling and prosecution of the matter.
The letter signed by Innocent Daa’gba informed the IGP that their client has informed them of his fears of a possible compromise of investigation anchored on the fact that one of the police officers is a suspected killer of late Ihindan.
“our client fears were further heightened by a very slow pace of the investigation coupled with the almost complete silence of your detectives as to the progress being made.