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Governor’s Security Aide Assassinated In North-central Nigeria

Dega's murder is the latest in the recent high-profile political killings in Nigeria this year.

Christopher Dega, a Senior Special Assistant on Security to Samuel Ortom, Governor of Benue state, North-central Nigeria, was killed early Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

Terver Akase, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, confirmed to Premium Times that Dega was killed by armed persons in Jos, Plateau State capital, bordering Benue.

The police did not return calls and message seeking full information about the murder.

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 violence in the state. In Benue and Plateau states, armed gangs have continued to wreak havoc on communities, leaving many displaced.

In March, Governor Ortom said he escaped an assassination attempt on his life by armed gangs who attacked him on his farm.

The deceased once served as commissioner of police in Borno and Edo states.

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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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