Details have emerged of how heavily armed men suspected to be assassins stormed the residence of the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) chapter in Nasarawa State, Mr. Philip Shekwo abducted and later murdered him. Shekwo’s corpse was later found a few meters from his residence.
The abduction incident occurred at about 11pm on Saturday when residents of Kurikyo Road in Lafia, heard loud gun shots from the residence of Shekwo. The gunshot was said to have lasted for one hour.
It was gathered that shortly after the gunmen invaded the politician’s residence, operatives of the State police command stormed the place and engaged the criminals in an exchange of gunfire.
However, the gunmen succeeded in whisking the APC chairman to an unknown destination.
The State Police Commissioner, Mr. Bola Longe, who confirmed the incident in a chat with newsmen in Lafia, said unidentified gunmen in large number stormed the resident of the APC Chairman in Lafia around 11 O’clock in the evening, last night and took him away to an unknown destination.
Longe said the security agencies had reacted swiftly by deploying personnel to different forest locations in the state to ensure safe release of the APC chairman, Mr Philip Shekwo from his abductors.
The suspected kidnappers did not make any contact with Shekwo’s family members before his lifeless body was discovered few meters to his residence hours after his abduction.
Police commissioner Longe, who visited the deceased residence confirmed that after intense deployment and search operation, Shekwo’s body was found riddled with bullet wounds.
Longe said the circumstances that led to the death of the APC chairman indicated that it was not all about kidnapping, but that his murderers were hired assassin who were not just in the residence to kidnap him for money ventures.
“From what we have seen since yesterday and the intensity of bullet marks on the walls of the house and the forceful gaining of entrance into the house, irresistibly proved that it was much more than Kidnapping.
“And where we found his body, near his house, normally when kidnapping is carried out it is for profit making, but this has shown that within a twinkling of an eye the man was killed, no demand was made whatsoever.
“So I believed it was assassination, but that notwithstanding, we are going to carry out exhaustive investigation that will give us a clue to what has actually happened, for now I believe it was assassination” the CP said.