Cultists kill retired police officer, son in Makurdi

SUSPECTED cult members, in the early hours of Thursday, killed a retired police officer, ASP Daniel Akogwu and his son,  in Makurdi, the  Benue State capital.

A source told the Nigerian Tribune that the deceased was killed with his son, by a factional cult group of which one of his sons was allegedly a member, but was on the run before the incident.

The Nigerian Tribune gathered that the suspected cultists invaded the deceased’s residence located off David Mark bye-pass around 4.00a.m on Thursday, in search of Akogwu’s son, who a source revealed, was an alleged member of the cult group.

It stated further that the cult group had to attack his father and brother, as their target was not at home when they launched the attack.

One of the neighbours, (names withheld), told the Nigerian Tribune that  the cult members might have  laid an ambush  for their target, adding that “It was when the mother of the boy, a foodseller who usually rise early to prepare for her business, opened the door that she saw the boys  and then suddenly shouted.”

Adah said the woman’s loud screaming  attracted the husband who rushed out of the house into the waiting hands of the boys who shot him, while one of  the deceased’s sons who also rushed out after  his father to see what was happening was  said to have also been shot. Both father and son died instantly.

Confirming the report, the state police spokesman, Moses Yamu, said a retired police officer, Daniel Akogwu and his son Oche Akogwu, were actually shot dead by suspected cult boys.

Yamu said no arrest has been made, saying investigation into the matter had commenced in earnest to unravel the killers of the former police officer and his son.