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Gunmen kill FRCN Staff, friend as Gov Ortom orders police to find killers

Some yet-to-be-apprehended gunmen, Saturday night, shot and killed the Head of the Engineering Services and ICT Department of the Federal Radio Corporation, Makurdi, the Benue State capital, and his friend.

Engineer Peter Kumbul, the FRCN staff member, attached to the Harvest FM Radio, had reportedly been at a bar near his house along School Lane, Low Level, was shot and killed as he made his way home.

His killers also reportedly shot and killed his friend and neighbour, Mr. Wester Shongo, who reportedly came out of the house to behold what was happening when he heard gun shots.

Benue State Governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom, was seriously pained by the gruesome murder of Mr. Kumbul.

Ortom charged security agencies in the state to hunt and bring Kumbul’s killers to justice.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Benue, DSP Catherine Anene, confirmed that Kumbul and Shongo were murdered Saturday night.

Anene said the two men were killed on Amokachi Lane, Low Level, Makurdi, and that the Police had started full investigation into the matter.

In a statement he issued, Sunday, in Makurdi, Mr Terver Akase, Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the governor, quoted Ortom as ordering security agents to ensure that that the perpetrators of the double homicide were brought to justice.

The governor described as unacceptable the murder of Kumbul by yet-to-be-identified gunmen in front of his house in Makurdi.

He urged residents of the state capital and neighbouring towns to volunteer information that would lead to the arrest of the killers.

Ortom sympathised with the entire Kumbul family, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria and Harvest FM staff in particular over the painful loss and prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest.

The General Manager of the Radio Station, Mr Akange Nyagba, told NAN that the body of his deceased colleague had been deposited in the mortuary.
Nyagba further called for full investigation into the matter and prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest.

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