The magistrate Court in Makurdi presided over by Justice Theresa Wergba yesterday arraigned the special adviser on special duties to Governor Samuel Ortom, Joseph Ikyaagba, over alleged gruesome murder of the senior special assistant to the governor on special security, Denen Igbana.
Igbana, a retired police inspector was shot and killed by some notorious gunmen in his residence in Makurdi and the police had quickly arrested the special adviser and seven others over the killing of the governor’s aide. The police had earlier refused to reveal the names of the suspects and the situation caused ripples in the state.
Yesterday at the magistrate court, the case came up and the prosecuting police officer, Sgt. David Swende, said the chairman of vigilante group in Tionsha village where Igbana was murdered had, on the 20th of May 2016, reported at the Police D, Division that the deceased was trailed by unknown gunmen to his house while returning from work. According to Swende, the complainant explained that gunmen opened fire on the white colour Toyota Hilux van in which Igbana drove, with registration number SEL 230 AA. He said the deceased had jumped down from his vehicle in an attempt to escape but the gunmen rained bullet at him until he fell down near a neighbour’s compound, making a dying declaration that it was a notorious criminal “Ghana and the special adviser” that killed him.
He further stated that the victim was immediately rushed to Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH), Makurdi where doctors confirmed him dead.
LEADERSHIP gathered yesterday that during police investigation, the 57 year-old SA to the governor, Ikyaagba was arrested for allegedly conspiring to criminally commit the offence, alongside others. It was gathered that the other prime suspect, Ghana, was at large.
However, the Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Wergba stated that the accused was charged for culpable homicide punishable by death and ordered that Ikyaagba be remanded at the Federal Prison Makurdi pending the completion of investigation. She further adjourned the case till August 3, 2016 for hearing of any bail application.
Reacting to the matter, special adviser to the governor on media, Tahav Agerzua said “state government cannot interfere in the matter” hence the ongoing investigation by security agencies.