Eldest son of Chief Atoza Ihindan, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain in Benue State who was murdered recently – Terfa Atoza-Ihindan – on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 pointed accusing fingers at the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to Governor Samuel Ortom – Dickson Orlu Pawa – and the Youth leader of PDP in the state, Moses Anaana over the death of his father.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja, Terfa, who is a former Commissioner of Commerce & Industry said: “While the police are doing their best to unearth the identity of the killers, I am constrained to state that I strongly suspect Superintendent of Police, Dickson Orlu Pawa, the Chief Security Officer to Governor Samuel Ortom who was the Aide De Camp (ADC) to former Governor Gabriel Suswam for seven years five months and Mr. Moses Anaana, (alias Anaana J.) as the masterminds of my father’s assassination.
“The killing of people because of political differences is reprehensible and does not help our efforts to build democracy in this country. Human life is sacred and those that deprive other humans of their life should be held to account for their crimes.
“I call on you to assist me to bring the killers of my father to book and to be vigilant so that together we can put away this sad horrendous activity from our national life.”
Speaking further, he said a petition had already been filed against the pair.Also reacting to the development the PDP Publicity Secretary for Benue State, Godwin Ayihe condemned the rising wave of political killings in the state.
He said: “The party’s former chairman in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area, Hon. Zege Igyuve, was shot and killed by unknown gunmen, and the party’s Youth Leader in Ushongo Local Government Area, Hon. Ternenge Gbuuga, also met a similar fate. Prior to then, two stalwarts of the party in Kwande, Dege Ayahemba and Tarkighir Agbatse, were shot and killed, while another stalwart of the party, still in Kwande, Hon. Felix Ajiva, died in circumstances which pointed to obvious murder, as he was alleged to have been poisoned.”
So far, 14 people have been arrested in connection with the murder of Ihindan.