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Court remands Ortom’s aide over alleged assassination


prisoners-HANDThe Adviser on Special Duties to the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, Joseph Kyargba, arraigned before a Chief Magistrate’s Court for criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide, has been remanded in prison custody.

The judge, Theresa Wergba, refused granting him bail pending the determination of the matter and adjourned till August 3, for mention.

Kyargba was arrested last Friday by a team of the Criminal Investigation Department of the state police command, along side other eight persons, for alleged involvement in the assassination of the late senior special assistant to the governor on security, Denen Igbana.


The late governor’s aide was murdered on May 20, at his house located in Tionsha settlement in Makurdi.

The Prosecutor, David Swende, told the court that on the said date, one Ephraim Tyover and Chairman, Vigilante Group in Tionsha village, reported to the police “D” Division, Makurdi.

The report said his neighbour, Denen Igbana, a Senior Special Assistant to the governor on security matters was trailed to his house by unknown gunmen on motorcycle, who opened gunfire on his vehicle, a Toyota Hilux Van, with registration No. SEL230AA, as the victim was returning home from his outing.

He added that the victim jumped down from his vehicle in an attempt to escape, but the gunmen rained bullets on him until he fell down at a neighboring compound.

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