By Peter Duru
MAKURDI—A retired police Assistant Superintendent of Police, Daniel Akogwu, and his teenage son, Oche, were reportedly shot dead by a gang of cultists in Makurdi, the Benue State capital in the early hours of yesterday.
Vanguard learned from an eyewitness that they were killed at their residence located around the David Mark By-Pass area of the town, just a stone throw from the State Police Command Headquarters.
According to the source, the gang stormed the residence of the deceased in search of one of his sons, who was alleged to belong to a rival cult gang in the town.
He said: “For sometime before the killing, we noticed some strange movements around our neighbourhood only for us to discover today that members of a particular cult group took over our area in search of another son of Mr. Akogwu,who is currently at large.
“However, what happened today was that some members of the gang had laid an ambush for the boy, hoping that they would get him in the early hours of the day and kill him for reasons we do not know.
“Unfortunately, his mother, who trades in cooked food, came out as early as 4a.m. to prepare for the day’s business and members of the gang seized her and demanded for the whereabouts of her son.
“She started shouting for help; it was her alarm that woke up people in the neighbourhood and also attracted her husband and one of her sons, who went to her rescue but were instantly gunned down by the gang.”
It was gathered that the gang also attempted to set their home ablaze, but for the arrival of policemen, who stormed the scene, forcing the gang to beat a retreat.
“The victims were immediately rushed to the Makurdi Federal Medical Centre, where they were confirmed dead.”
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent Moses Yamu, who confirmed the incident, said no arrests had been made.