Tondo’s murder: Police declares Ortom’s commissioner wanted
The Nigerian Police Force has declared the Benue state commissioner for Arts and Culture, Hon. Sekav Iortyom, wanted.
Investigation revealed that Senator George Akume has been fingered in the successful escape of the suspect.
Sekav who had been previously detained for his involvement in the murder of Andooso Tondo, a former APC chairmanship aspirant for Buruku local government is presently on the run.
The commissioner who was recently arrested and granted bail is said to have absconded having heard that the state commissioner of police, Mr. Bashir Makama, was on Sunday instructed by the police authorities in Abuja to charge him (Sekav), the Sole Administrator of Buruku, Mr. David Yimam, Emmanuel Nyajo and Mr. Ankugwa who is the commissioner’s personal assistant to court in Makurdi.
Nigerian Concord gathered that while
David Yimam, Emmanuel Nyajo and Mr. Ankugwa surrendered themselves to the police for their arraignment, Hon. Sekav Iortyom decided to run away to avoid prosecution.
Presently, the trio of David Yimam, Emmanuel Nyajo and Mr. Ankugwa are in a Makurdi Magistrate Court, awaiting their arraignment.
Nigerian Concord had earlier reported how the immediate past Vice Chancellor of University of Mkar in Benue State, Professor Emmanuel Agba, was forced by the state government under Governor Samuel Ortom to recant the oral statement he earlier made to the state police commissioner, Mr. Bashir Makama, over the murder of Mr. William Tondo who is a lecturer with the institution until his death.
The late Tondo, an APC chairmanship aspirant in Buruku local government, was in August this year murdered at his residence by four gun men few day after he had an open confrontation with the state commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism, Mr Sekav Iortyom, in a beer joint in Gboko over his (Tondo) refusal to step down for Mr. David Yimam who was the commissioner’s preferred candidate for the post.
After Tondo’s murder, Nigerian Concord reported that former Vice Chancellor Emmanuel Agba had disclosed to the state commissioner of police, Mr. Makama, that the deceased revealed to him that the gun men mentioned the name of the commissioner (Mr. Iortyom) as the one who sent them to kill him.
Immediately this newspaper broke the story, it was gathered that pressures were mounted on Professor Agba to publicly deny the story.
A close confidant of Governor Ortom told Nigerian Concord that the governor called the former Vice Chancellor and ordered him to recant his statement that he told the police chief that Tondo mentioned Hon. Iortyom’s names as the person who sent the killers to shoot him.
Following serious pressures from the Governor, Professor Agba had on the 31st of August, 2016 written a letter to Nigerian Concord, asking the newspaper to urgently remove the paragraph where he was quoted to have told Commissioner of Police Makama that the late Tondo told him before he died that it was Iortyom that sent the assassins that shot him on the fateful day.
In the letter which was sent to Nigerian Concord via an electronic mail, Professor Agba who was obviously afraid that assassins could also be sent after him for the great revelation he made on Tondo’s murder, said that he would take a legal action against this newspaper on the 7th September if the story wasn’t removed from concord’s official website.
Also in a September 3, 2016 telephone chat, the former Vice Chancellor who called this newspaper via his telephone line 08060995318 said that he didn’t tell the police commissioner or anyone that the deceased mentioned the suspect’s name before he finally gave up the ghost.
It would be recalled that Mr. Iortyom was arrested by men of the Nigerian Police Force in Benue state for sending four gun men to assassinate Mr. Tondo, a chairmanship Aspirant of the ruling party in Buruku local government area of Benue state.
He was released following pressures from Senator Akume who said he wanted to handle the case by himself.