Nine Arrested Over Killing Of Nasarawa APC Chairman

File photo of the former Nasarawa APC Chairman, Phillip Shekwo

 

Nine people have been arrested over the killing of the Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa State, Phillip Shekwo.

Governor Abdullahi Sule disclosed this on Friday while hosting members of the Trade Union Congress in Lafia, the state capital.

He noted that the arrest is a result of intensified combing of the routes followed by the perpetrators.

“For the past four days, the combined military operations have been trailing the routes where they believe those who killed our Chairman followed. They have been combing the place,” Governor Sule said.

“I am happy to inform you that the people we were suspecting, so far anyway, nine people have been arrested and are being interrogated in connection to the killing of our Chairman.”

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According to the governor, combined military operations killed three people in connection to the killing at the Loko development area of the state, adding that four AK-47 rifles were also recovered.

“More important than that, around 3 am this morning, the combined operations followed some of these people around Loko and they killed 3 of them, after killing them they recovered four AK47 rifles from them, we are hoping and praying that it is the same people who carried out this exercise”.

He also reiterated his administration’s commitment to improving the security situation in the state, noting “We have always said that security is never too expensive for us unless we don’t have the resources but if we have the resources, we will put in all our resources to make sure that we protect the lives and property of our people, that we have taken seriously and will continue to do that.”

This comes five days after the Commissioner of Police, Bola Longe in the state told Channels Television that Shekwo who was earlier kidnapped at his residence on Saturday was found dead.

The police boss said the body of the deceased was found not far from his house in Lafia, Nasarawa State capital, and has been evacuated to the Dalhatu Araf specialist hospital.

Banditry and kidnapping are on the rise in Nigeria’s north, particularly in Kaduna State.

Recently, the district head of Gidan Zaki village in Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Haruna Kuye, and his son were killed by gunmen suspected to be bandits.

Also last week, three members of the Kaduna State Vigilante Service were killed by bandits in the Chikun Local Government Area of the state.

Buhari Mourns Murdered APC Chairman, Tasks Security Agencies To Do More

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.
A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday condemned the killing of the Nasarawa State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Philip Shekwo.

In a statement signed by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, the president also said the nation’s security system must do more to end the incidents of violence in the country.

Shekwo was seized from his residence in Lafia on Saturday night and was found dead Sunday afternoon a few kilometres from his residence having been shot twice.

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“I strongly condemn the killing of Philip Shekwo,” the President said, as quoted in Shehu’s statement. “He was kind and jovial. His contribution towards strengthening the party in Nasarawa State will not be forgotten. May his soul Rest in Peace.”

The President also welcomed the decision of the Inspector General of Police to send reinforcement of men and materials to Nasarawa state as efforts to unravel the nature of the crime intensify.

Police Launch Investigation Into Killing Of Nasarawa APC Chairman

The crest of the Nigeria Police Force crest is on a police officer in Abuja on October 3rd, 2020 PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

An investigation into the killing of the Nasarawa State All progressive Congress Chairman, Philips Shekwo has been launched by the police.

The state commissioner of police, Bola Longe, disclosed this to Channels Television in Lafia on Sunday.

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The deceased was seized from his residence in Lafia on Saturday night and was found dead Sunday afternoon a few kilometres from his residence having been shot twice.

Longe said the incident appears more like an assassination rather than kidnapping and assured the people of bringing the perpetrators to
book.

“We have taken him to the morgue for autopsy,” Longe said. “And apart from that, we have constituted a team of homicide investigators.

“We are going to, by the grace of God, do a thorough, professional investigation that will unravel whatsoever led to the death.

“We will mobilise the superstructure and the substructure. And even the IG has promised that he will assist us.”

Gunmen Kidnap Nasarawa APC Chairman, Shekwo

Philips Shekwo

 

The Nasarawa State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Philips Shekwo has been kidnapped in his residence by gunmen.

This was confirmed to Channels Television on Sunday by the Commissioner of Police, Bola Longe.

Longe said the gunmen invaded Shekwo’s residence on Sunday night and took him away to an unknown destination.

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He added that the abductee’s destination is unknown at the moment but he has already deployed security operatives for a search and rescue operation of the APC Chieftain.

Banditry and kidnapping are on the rise in the northern region of Nigeria, especially in Kaduna State.

Recently, the district head of Gidan Zaki village in Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Haruna Kuye, and his son were killed by gunmen suspected to be bandits.

Also last week, three members of the Kaduna State Vigilante Service were killed by bandits in the Chikun Local Government Area of the state.