By George Okoh in Makurdi
Gunmen yesterday assassinated a popular electronic dealer, Toochukwu, also known as Sunny Kris, in Makurdi, the Benue State capital
The incident occurred at about 8p.m. while it rained heavily.
According to the state Police Public Relations Officer, Moses Yamu,Â who confirmed the incident on phone toÂ THISDAY, the deceased had returned home from his shop which is located along Benue Crescent, hub of electronic dealers and distributors in Makurdi, when some persons broke into his house, robbed him and his wife of undisclosed amount of money.
â€œAfter robbing him,Â they left and Sunny hurried to go and report the incident at the â€˜Bâ€™Â division Police station. But unknown to him, the robbers trailed and shot him off Inikpi Street,â€ Yamu stated.
An eyewitness who pleaded anonymity, said the deceased while he was being pursuedÂ by the gunmen,Â shouted for help but it fell on deaf ears even as people who heard gunshots scampered for safety.
â€œI was at a beer parlor around the area drinking with some friends and heard heavy gunshots and people ran helter-skelter for their dear life. When I got to where the incident happened, the deceased was being rushed to an undisclosed hospital,â€ he said.
Commenting onÂ the incident,Â Governor Samuel Ortom, lamented over the assassination of Toochukwu, describing it as devilish.â€™
The governor reiterated the resolve of his government to secure lives and property of all Benue people.
â€œI will not fold my hands and allow hoodlums take over the State. We will pursue and fish them out. I urge residents to assist us report the where about of these robbers,â€ Ortom appealed.
This is the second murder in less than two weeks after the senior special assistant the to Ortom on Knowledge Economy, Tavershima Adyorough, was assassinated in his resident by gunmen