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#Dega: Police Arrest Suspects In Governor’s Aide’s Murder In North-central Nigeria

Suspects have been arrested in the murder of Christopher Dega, and police said they are continuing with the investigation.

Police in Plateau State, North-central Nigeria on Wednesday, June 2, 2021,  said they have arrested some suspected killers of  Christopher Dega, a Senior Special Assistant on Security to Samuel Ortom, the Governor of Benue State.

HumAngle earlier reported that Dega was murdered in Jos, Plateau state capital.

Ubah Ogaba, Police spokesperson in the state, said in a statement that Dega was trailed and shot by “three yet-to-be-identified gunmen” in an isolated restaurant at Bukuru, Jos on Tuesday night at 8.30 p.m. WAT.

According to the police, he had arrived at Jos from Makurdi, Benue State capital on the same date an hour before his assasination.

“Some suspects have been arrested. Meanwhile, the investigation is ongoing,”  the statement read in parts.

Dega’s assassination is the latest of the high-profile political killings in Nigeria this year, coming days after the murder of Ahmed Gulak, a former political adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The late Dega hailed from Katsina Ala Local Government Area of Benue State, the epicentre of ongoing violence in the state. In Benue and Plateau states, armed gangs have continued to wreak havoc on communities, leaving many displaced.

Dega was once in the Nigerian Police Force where he served as a two-time Commissioner of Police in Borno and Edo states.


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Aishat Babatunde

Aishat Babatunde heads the digital reporting desk. Before joining HumAngle, she worked at Premium Times and Nigerian Tribune. She is a graduate of English from the University of Ibadan.

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