Special Adviser to Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Special Duties, Mr Joseph Ikyaagba, was today remanded by a Makurdi Chief Magistrate Court for alleged murder of his colleague who was the Senior Special Assistant on Special Security, the late Denen Igbana.
According to the prosecuting police officer, Sergeant David Swende, the chairman of vigilante group in Tionsha village where the deceased resided had on the 20th of May 2016, reported at Police 'D' Division that the victim was trailed by unknown gunmen to his house while returning from an official assignment.
The complainant stated that the gunmen opened fire on the late Igbana's white Toyota Hilux with registration number SEL 230 AA as he jumped down from his vehicle in an attempt to escape.
According to him the gunmen rained bullet at him until he fell down at a neighbour's compound making a dying declaration that "Ghana is killing me, if I die it is Ghana, it is Joseph Ikyaagba and his group that killed me".
The complainant stated that the victim was immediately rushed to Benue State University Teaching Hospital, Makurdi where he died.
During police investigation, the 57-year old Mr Ikyaagba was arrested for allegedly committing the offence and was charged for culpable homicide punishable by death.
When the case came up today, no plea was taken for want of jurisdiction.
However, the prosecuting officer, Sergeant. David Swende told the court that investigation into the matter was still in progress and asked for another date.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Theresa Wergba, ordered that the accused be remanded at the Federal Prison Makurdi pending the completion of investigation and adjourned the case to August third for further mention.
Governor Ortom while reacting on the matter through his Special Adviser on Media and ICT, Mr. Tahav Agerzua, restated his resolve not to interfere in the case but allow the law to take its course.
The Governor charged security agencies to expand their dragnet to ensure that no stone was left unturned in the search for killers of Mr. Igbana and bring them to justice.
The governor stated that he will not provide cover for any individual or group connected with the murder, assuring that he will continue to guarantee the security of lives and property of citizens in the state.

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