Tragedy struck, Thursday, as some gunmen killed one Ugoh Terseer Akagbue, an Assistant Registrar with the College of Education, Katsina-Ala, Benue State, and abducted another man in the same Local Government Area of the state.
It was gathered the gunmen invaded the late Akagbue’s residence in the early hours of the fateful day and shot him dead in the presence of his wife and children and made away with his vehicle, money, handsets and some other valuable documents belonging to the college.
Provost of the College, Professor Mathias Nder, who confirmed the sad incident, lamented the unfortunate killing of his staff, adding that he had since reported the incident to the police. He, therefore, appealed to security agents to do everything within their powers to arrest the perpetrators.
The state’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Moses Yamu, described the incident as a suspected case of kidnap, adding that the suspects shot the victim and robbed him of his vehicle which they later used in conveying one other victim, one Tersoo Burga.
According to him, luck ran out on the suspected kidnappers, as the police acting on a tip off, pursued and engaged them in a gun duel along Katsina- Ala- Takum road. When the gun battle became fierce, he said, the gunmen abandoned both the snatched vehicle and their kidnapped victim, Burga, and took to their heels.
The next morning, the PPRO further explained, the police found one of the kidnappers, Aondongu Shaapera dead at the scene of the gun battle. He was said to have died of gunshot injuries. He assured that the police would go after all the perpetrators until they were all apprehended, urging members of the public to volunteer information that could lead to their arrest.