Killing of High Profile Individuals threatens investment



… Benue State Governor’s Aide killed in Jos


Gunmen kill AIG Dega, Gov. Ortom's security aide - P.M. News


Olusola Bello


The much desired investment continue to elude the country because of the spate of killing of high profile individuals in the country which  has assumed a new dimension.


On Tuesday a Senior Special Assistant to Benue Governor Samuel Ortom on Security, AIG Christopher Dega (Rtd) was assassinated by gunmen in Jos Plateau State Capital.

This happened a few days after Ahmed Gulak, former aide of ex President Goodluck Jonathan was killed in Owerri, Imo State, by yet to be identified gunmen.

The retired security chief it was learnt was shot in the chest several times by gunmen on Monday night.


Plateau Police Command confirmed the incident noting that the assassination occured on Monday night a few minutes after the victim arrived in Jos.


Edward Egbuka, Commissioner of Police in the state, told Channels Television that preliminary investigation revealed that the Retired Assistant Commissioner who left Makurdi was trailed to Jos where he was shot.


He said the incident occurred at Anguldi area of Bukuru in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State at about 8:30 pm on Monday.


According to him, some suspects connected to the murder have been arrested and are in police custody while investigations are ongoing to fish out perpetrators.


AIG Dega had a brilliant career in the Nigerian Police Force and was twice Commissioner of Police in Borno and Edo States.


The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has however condemned the assassination of  the  Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Christopher Dega (rtd), describing it as a huge blow to his administration and the entire state.


The governor, while speaking to journalists Wednesday at Benue Peoples House, Makurdi, lamented that the retired AIG was very active even in retirement, saying it was painful that he was gunned down in such a gruesome manner.


“Retired AIG Dega served with me here and this is someone who has retired but is not tired and was very active. So for him to have been murdered in the manner they did, a retired AIG gunned down. This is very sad,” Ortom stated.


The governor, who stressed that insecurity had bedevilled the entire country, called on security agencies to find killers of his aide.


Governor Ortom sympathized with the family, friends and former colleagues of the deceased and prayed God to grant him eternal rest.

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