By Danial Daauda in Jos
The Benue state governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom, has condemned the killing of his Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Security, Mr. Christopher Dega, a retired Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police, saying it is a huge blow to his administration.
Dega was killed by gunmen on Wednesday in Bukuru, Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau state.
The Plateau state police command, in a statement by Gabriel Ogaba, its spokesman.
Dega was shot dead by three yet to be identified gunmen in an isolated restaurant at Bukuru.
The statement disclosed that some suspects had been arrested, while investigations were ongoing.
However, condemning the killing, Ortom described the it as a huge blow to his administration and the entire people of Benue state.
Speaking with journalists on Wednesday in Makurdi, the governor lamented that the retired AIG was very active even in retirement.
He said it was painful that he was gunned down in such a gruesome manner.
“Retired AIG Dega served with me here and this is someone who has retired but is not tired and was very active.
“So for him to have been murdered in the manner they did, a retired AIG gunned down. This is very sad,” Ortom said.
The governor, who decried the increasing level of insecurity in the country, called on security agencies to find the killers of Dega.
Ortom expressed condolences to the family, friends and former colleagues of the deceased and prayed God to grant him eternal rest.