Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Security to Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, Mr. Denen Igbana, was yesterday killed by gunmen.
Igbana was said to have been killed along Tionsha settlement, a suburb of Makurdi, while on his way from an official assignment.
According to eyewitnesses, Igbana jumped down from the vehicle, after he was ambushed, and tried to escape, but was overpowered by the gunmen who shot him multiple times.
“He was rushed to the Benue State University Teaching Hospital in Makurdi but later died,” The Naiton quoted one of the eyewitnesses to have said.
One of the community leaders in the area, Thomas Ayakpam, also narrated how the incident happened.
“The assailants waylaid the late security aide on his way back home in the night and sprayed bullets on his Nissan Hilux,” he said. “They shot him severally, giving him no chance to survive.”
“We could not come out to rescue him because we were scared, as they seem to be many and the shots they fired shook the whole community to its foundation,” he said.
Following the murder, Governor Ortom has directed security operatives to carry out full investigation into the incident and fish out the assailants.