Student killed as gunmen attack Nassarawa governor’s aide residence

Student killed as gunmen attack Nassarawa governor’s aide residence

A 400-level student of the Federal University, Lafia, Mr Terlumum Hemba, was on Sunday killed when gunmen suspected to be kidnappers invaded the residence of the Nasarawa State Commissioner for Higher Education, Chief Clement Uhembe. The incident took place at Kaduna Koro area on the Lafia – Makurdi highway at about 1:00 am, according to

A 400-level student of the Federal University, Lafia, Mr Terlumum Hemba, was on Sunday killed when gunmen suspected to be kidnappers invaded the residence of the Nasarawa State Commissioner for Higher Education, Chief Clement Uhembe.

The incident took place at Kaduna Koro area on the Lafia – Makurdi highway at about 1:00 am, according to a witness who simply identified as Daddy.

He said the gunmen arrived at the Commissioner’s residence at about 1:00 am on Sunday with arms and fired sporadic gunshots.

He said the incident led to the death of the Microbiology student.

Daddy who claimed that he was hiding in a vehicle parked at the premises of the Commissioner’s residence, told journalists in Lafia, that the gunmen had attacked the University student before abducting the female Permanent Secretary.

He said the hoodlums gave the student who had attempted to escape upon sighting the
range and chased him and caught him.

The mWitness said the gunmen severely beat some occupants of the house  demanding the whereabouts of the commissioner who was said to have travelled with some members of his family to Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, for the wedding ceremony of his son.

Daddy further revealed that the other occupants who were left behind in the compound escaped into the bush as the gunmen had a field day using diggers, axe and other tools to dig their way into the  commissioner’s living room.

While speaking to journalists over the attack, Chief Uhembe said he suspected some persons opposing him, who had threatened to settle scores with him.

“The issue arose from the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Ihuman Ward of Awe local government area of Nasarawa State which the party had never won since its existence hence that angered a lot of people, and since that APC victory, my life has been under threat by some individuals.”

Uhembe, before his appointment in October 2018, was a chieftain of the PDP. But Governor Al-Makura wooed him to work with his government and Uhembe promised to deliver his area to APC, a development some people allegedly resisted.

When contacted, the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Agyaragu division, Mr. Biam, confirmed the attack and said the deceased’s body had been removed from the scene of the incident and deposited at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, Lafia and investigations into the incident had commenced.

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