The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has been urged to intervene in the rising incidences of assassination in Benue state.
Abubakar Tsav, Public Complaints Commissioner (PCC), overseeing Benue, and a former Commissioner of Police in Lagos, in a letter written to the IGP, drew his attention to seven high profile assassinations in the last two years, and particularly regretted that none had been resolved.
“Insecurity is on the rise in Benue, people are being killed, but none of the cases has been investigated and the killers brought to book. We want you to act quickly to check these killings,” he stated.
The six-page letter was copied to the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, and the National Security Adviser, Mohammed Monguno.
Tsav listed victims of the assassinations to include elder statesman and politician, Atoza Hindan, who was killed in Katsina-Ala, Tondo, from University of Mkar, and Denen Iggana, Senior Special Assistant (Security) to Governor Samuel Ortom.
Also killed, Tsav noted, were Tavershima Adyorough, Principal Special Assistant to the Governor on Knowledge Economy and Investment, and two traditional rulers in Katsina-Ala.
“Benue people are worried about the killings, but they are afraid to say anything; they are afraid of being targeted for murder.
“Out of fear, even the Tiv Traditional Council has said nothing about the murder of the two chiefs. Everyone is quiet and in fear.
“Journalists are also in fear. Some of them have been assaulted, arrested and detained for writing the truth. The Police must move in to restore public confidence so that people can enjoy the fruits of democracy,” he said.