Governor Samuel Ortom’s Chief Security Officer, CSO, Superintendent of Police, Dickson Pawa, has denied allegations of responsibility for the killing of a Peoples Democratic Party, PDP chieftain in the state, the late Atoza Ihindan.
The late Ihindan was killed by gunmen suspected to be hired assassins on Friday last week in Katsina-Ala town while inspecting a perimeter fence of one of his houses.
The police said they arrested some suspects in connection with the murder.
Meanwhile, eldest son of the deceased, Mr Terfa Atoza, a former commissioner in Governor Gabriel Suswam’s administration, accused Mr Pawa for being one of the masterminds of his father’s death.
Atoza, who addressed a press conference on Tuesday in Abuja, stated that he had strong reasons for his suspicions, adding that he had already filed a petition to the Inspector General of Police over the matter.
Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria, the CSO who also served under Suswam’s administration as his Aid De Camp, ADC, said the allegations were “spurious, vexatious and unfounded”.
He wondered why any member of the deceased family or anybody would link him with the elder politician’s death when he had no hand in it.
He pointed out that former Governor Suswam’s close allies were opposed to his new position in the opposition government led by Governor Ortom and fabricated the falsehood in order to create problems for him.
Pawa resigned his position as Aid de camp, ADC to the immediate past governor towards the tail end of his administration following disagreements with his principal over Governor Ortom’s governorship aspiration.
Commenting on the allegations, Mr. Tahav Agerzua, Special Adviser on Media and ICT to Governor Ortom said due process required investigation, prosecution and conviction before quilt can be established.
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