Fourteen persons have been remanded today by the Magistrate Court 2 sitting in Makurdi, the Benue State capital over the killing of Senior Special Assistant to Governor Samuel Ortom on Special Security, Denen Igbana.
They are charged for criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide and illegal possession of fire arms punishable under Section 97,222 of the Penal Code Law of Benue State and Section 3(1) of Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act Cap.R.11 LFN 2004.
According to prosecuting police officer, on 20th May, 2016, one Ephraim Tyover reported to the Police Station “D” Division Makurdi that Igbana was trailed to his house by unknown gunmen who opened gun fire on him and killed him.
The accused persons including Ephraim Ianna, Dooshima Mtsor, Paul Ogbu, John Avine, Aondo Iortim, Washima Hyacinth, Terzungwe Shianondo, Aondofa Henen, Iortswam Aondover, Terna Asema, Ngutswen Igyungu, Anule Desmond, Tersoo KAse and Terdoo Torbee have been arrested in the course of investigation according to the first information report.
Further report by the prosecuting Police officer, Inspector Daniel Swende says Terwase Akwaza a.k.a Gana, Teryila Juga, Tor Abaji, Terunge Bea of various addresses are still at large. No plea was taken for want of jurisdiction.
His Worship Theresa Wergba ordered that the accussed be remanded at the Medium Security Prison Makurdi. She however grants the application that the matter be transferred to Magistrate Court 1.
The matter is adjourned to 22nd August, 2016 for further mention. It would be recalled that Special Adviser to Governor Sameul Ortom, Joe Kyaagba was arraigned on the same counts for alleged involvement in the murder of his colleague, Igbana.