- Some suspected herdsmen allegedly killed a PDP ward chairman in Adamawa
- The suspected killer herdsmen reportedly beheaded the PDP chieftain and made away with his head
- While the police said that investigations are ongoing concerning the incident and that some arrests have been made, the deceased's wife alleged they were shielding the suspects
Some suspected herdsmen have allegedly beheaded the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bare ward in the Numan local government area, Adamawa state, Charles Chrisanthus.
According to The Punch, the politician was reportedly killed in the presence of his wife, Dorcas, in his farm on August 29, 2018.
NAIJ.com gathered that the widow of the slain PDP chieftain is, however, accusing the police of shielding the killers of her husband.
Speaking in an interview with The Punch, correspondent at State Criminal Investigation Department where she had gone to lodge her complaint on Tuesday, September 4, Dorcas reportedly said that only justice for her slain husband would bring her peace.
She reportedly said she was holding her four-month-old son and watched helplessly as the assailants hacked her husband to death.
“His attackers led by our neighbours repeatedly stabbed him on the back and on his stomach before beheading my husband in our farm and made away with his head,” she said.
Claiming to have made some arrests, the police had invited the widow of the slain ward chairman and three other female witnesses to the state Criminal Investigation Department for their statements.
It was at the CID that the families of the deceased were alerted to the whereabouts of the suspected killers.
The bereaved families, it was learnt, discovered that some of the suspects arrested in connection with the killing were receiving medical attention at an undisclosed hospital.
Dorcas said she could identify her husband’s killers, alleging that the police were shielding them from answering for their crime.
“The police under the guise of allowing the suspects to seek medical attention are shielding those that killed my husband. The only thing I want is justice,” she was quoted to have said.
A PDP youth leader in Bare ward, Tekas Adiel, reportedly explained that the police earlier claimed that the suspected herdsmen who perpetrated the killings had fled the community, insisting that the same assailants carried out another attack on Tuesday, September 4.
But the police public relations officer in the state, Musa Habibu, reportedly insisted that some of the alleged perpetrators of the crime were in custody, adding that investigation into the incident was ongoing.
Asked about the suspects allegedly receiving medical attention in a hospital, the spokesman reportedly said: “A suspect has a right to medical attention if he is sick.”
He added: "Some arrests have been made and those arrested are in police custody. I have had consultations with the assistant commissioner of police handling the issue who said arrest had been made.”
“But if they said one of those arrested is receiving medical attention, a suspect has a right to medication if he’s truly sick, it could be but I don’t have that information,” Habibu said.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that a judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, declined to preside over a suit seeking to declare herdsmen as terrorist group.
Justice Dimgba reportedly declined to preside over the suit on Wednesday, August 29, saying he was not comfortable to adjudicate on the matter as a vacation judge.
A Makurdi-based legal practitioner, Mathew Nyiutsa, lodged the suit before the court, who said nine members of his family were killed by armed herdsmen in 2014.
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