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Fear grips Nasarawa residents over killing of journalist, 3 others

By Francis Nansak

There is palpable tension and fear of attacks as unknown gunmen again on Monday night attacked Washo village in Nasarawa Eggon Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

The unprovoked attack of residents of the village resulted in the killing Mr. Benjamin Ekom, a former state treasurer of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and member of the Federated Chapel of NUJ, Nasarawa State Council.

Also, three farmers in Nikoro village of Kokona Local Government Area and a village in Keana Local Government Area, all in Nasarawa state, were attacked killing two persons.

ExpressDay gathered that the three farmers were severely injured that same Monday, in Ninkoro by yet to be identified herdsmen.

It was also gathered that another person relaxing with his family in a village in Keana, was also killed by unknown gunmen.

All the attacks and killings came barely weeks after the gruesome killing of two siblings, a niece and nephew of the former Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, in Gudi, the home town of Governor Abdullahi Sule of the State.

The Nasarawa State Council of NUJ has condemned the attack and brutal killing of its former Treasurer, Benjamin Ekom of Federated Chapel by unknown gunmen on Monday night July 3, 2020 at his residence in Washo village, Nassarawa-Eggon Local Government Area of the state.

A statement signed by Salihu Mohammed Alkali and Sunday John, Chairman and Secretary of NUJ, Nasarawa State chapter said: “The entire journalists in the state condole with the family and friends of the deceased and pray God to forgive his shortcomings and grant him eternal rest”

Confirming the incident the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Nasarawa State Command, ASP Rahman Nansel, said the incident happened around 11:30 pm.

According to the police spokesman, the shirt of the assailants and the sheath of the cutlasses they used in their attack were recovered.

“The incident really happened at around 11:30 pm. A distress call was received yesterday that two unknown armed men, suspected to be Fulani men, they were armed with cutlasses and sticks. They attacked one Benjamin Ekom, 70-years-old, as a result he sustained injuries and he was rushed to Ola hospital where he later died,” the statement noted.

Written by ExpressDay

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