By Beauty John, LAFIA
The Nasarawa state chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Philip Tatari Shekwo who was kidnapped around 11pm on Saturday night has been confirmed dead.
Mr Shekwo’s lifeless body was found around 2pm on Sunday, in a nearby bush few meters away from his residence near Dunamis Church, Bukan Sidi in Lafia, the state capital.
The commissioner of police in Nasarawa state, CP Bola Longe said the way and manner the victim was kidnapped and killed points towards murder.
“The intensity of the bullet match on the house and the force effort to gain access to the house is pointing irretrievably to the fact that it was more than kidnapping,” said the CP.
Longe said it was suspicious that the body was found very close to the residence and no demands were made by the abductors.
“And then where we found his body now is too close to the house. When a kidnapping is carried out, it’s for profit making but between the twinkling of an eye the man was killed and no demand what so ever, I believe it’s assassination,” he said.
The CP stated that it was a battle royale between the abductors and joint security personnel who attempted to rescue the chairman , while assuring that investigation will be carried out to give them the necessary clue to know what exactly happened.
A resident of the area who pleaded anonymity said the gun battle was intense and lasted several minutes before a sudden silence.
Several attempts to go through the main entrance of the victim’s home proved abortive as the doors were bullet proof.
However, the abductors succeeded by using an axe to break the burglary proof of the victim’s room window before gaining a to his him.
The state governor, Abdullahi Sule, immediate past governor, Senator Tanko Almakura, Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, the police commissioner of the state and other stakeholders are currently in the victims residence to condole with the family.