- A lecturer with the Benue State Polytechnic, Adah Echobu Chris, was on Sunday evening, December 5, shot dead
- Chris was reportedly killed by suspected armed robbers while returning to his base in Ugbokolo from Eke
- The development sparked protest among the youths as they demanded an improved security around the area where the lecturer was gunned down
Benue - Adah Echobu Chris, a senior lecturer with the Benue State Polytechnic in Ugbokolo has been killed by suspected armed robbers.
The deceased lecturer, popularly referred to as, “The Bull”, was allegedly attacked while returning to his base in Ugbokolo from Eke, a nearby rural community.
Witnesses said that the lecturer was driving in his car when the armed men accosted him and shot him to death.
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Chris's death sparked a protest on Monday, December 6, by youths of the community who blocked the road for several hours and demanded that security be beefed up in the area, Daily Sun also reported.
A resident of the area who spoke anonymously said the section of the road (Eke-Ugbokolo) had become notorious for robbery activities.
He stressed that there had been several instances where people were either killed or robbed at gunpoint in the area.
However, the spokesperson of the police command in Benue state, DSP Catherine Anene, said she had not yet received any report on the matter.
Anene was quoted to have said:
“I have sent messages to the DPO of the area and awaiting a response."
Senator Abba Moro reacts
Meanwhile, the Senator representing Benue South Senatorial District, Comrade Abba Patrick Moro, has condemned the brutal killing of the senior lecturer.
In a statement released by his media aide, Emmanuel Eche-Ofun John, on Monday, December 6, Senator Moro said he was pained by the brutal killing, adding that it's one too many.
He decried the spate of killings in Benue South and called for "an end to the alien culture."
The senator also charged security agents to go after the killers of the lecturer and bring them to book. He appealed to the aggrieved youths to remain calm and allow law enforcement agents to go after and apprehend the killers.
Moro also sympathized with the family of the deceased and the Benue Polytechnic community over the sad incident and assured them that the lecturer will not die in vain.
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In a similar development, gunmen have killed a son of the traditional ruler of Ikpomolokpo in Gege ward of Ado local government area in Benue state.
The gunmen who broke into the palace in the early hours of Monday, November 15, also abducted the monarch's daughter.
Witnesses reportedly said that the gunmen stormed the community about 2am and headed to the palace of the clan head where they wreaked havoc. The villagers said that they heard several gunshots from the palace but could not intervene because they themselves were helpless.