The Ortom/Abounu Governorship Campaign Organization has uncovered plans by a militia group of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Konshisha local government area to kidnap and assassinate Mr Sarwuan Tarnongu, its Director of Finance.
In a letter to the Benue State Commissioner of Police dated 24th March, 2015, BarristerJosephat Abaagu, Director, Legal Services, stated that the leader of a criminal group called Civilian Joint Task Force, names withheld, has concluded plans to kidnap and possibly kill Mr Tarnongu, a former Chairman of Konshisha local government council.
Barrister Abaagu stated that the plans which were disclosed at the residence of the gang leader in Tse-Agberagba last month were secretly recorded.
“I am looking for a way to kidnap Tarnongu. Moreover, he is hypertensive so even if you kidnap him and take to Makurdi alone, he would have died,” the letter quoted the gang leader.
“I don’t know why he (Tarnongu) is still living in this world. Our group known as Civilian Joint Task Force would always go after its target. For instance, the recently kidnapped multimillionaire was whisked away in the presence of the police and V.I.O…”
According to the letter, “in the enclosed recorded audio compact diskette (cd) recorded in Tiv language and the translated English version also enclosed,” the gang leader, names withheld, “has clearly demonstrated his gang’s mastery of kidnappings and armed robbery.”
It stated that the leader “shockingly revealed the complicity of Governor Gabriel Suswam in a particular previous kidnap wherein his intervention resulted in the release of the unnamed multimillionaire kidnap victim after payment of N9m as ransom.”
Barrister Abaagu appealed to the Commissionernames of Police to take steps to avert the uncovered plan and also investigate the activities of the gang and its leader with a view to unraveling previous unresolved crimes in the state and also ensuring the prosecution of all the gang members.
Ortom/Abounu Governorship Campaign Organization.
27th March 2015.