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  •  Buhari Condemns Killing, As APC, Others Mourn Him

By John Sule (Nasarawa State Correspondent)

The Nasarawa State chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon. Philip Shew, who was abducted from his home in karu by some yet-to-be-identified gunmen on Saturday night, has been murdered. He was found dead.

The chairman of Karu Local Government area of Nasarawa State, Hon. Samuel Akala, and a family source confirmed the tragic event to journalists on Sunday. Shekwo was kidnapped from his home in the late hours of Saturday, according to the police.

The Nasarawa State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Dele Longe, had confirmed Hon. Shekwo’s abduction on Sunday.

The gunmen, reportedly stormed the home of the deceased LG Chairman in “large number”, shooting wildly before taking the politician away. The criminals reportedly stole cash and valuables before making away with their victim. and cash before leaving with the chairman.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Dele Longe, confirmed the incident to journalists in Lafia, the state capital. He said Mr Shekwo was abducted from his Bukan Sidi residence around 11 p.m. on Saturday.

He also said he has deployed the police to comb the various forests and flashpoints in the state to ensure his release.

Kidnappings of high profiled individuals have become rampant in Lafia, the state capital and hometown of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari, on Sunday, condemned the killing of Chief Philip Shekwo, the Nasarawa State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, saying the nation’s security system must do more to end the incidents of violence in the country.

A statement issued by the Senior Special Assistantto the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said Buhari welcomed the decision of the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, to send a reinforcement of men and materials to the state.

“The late APC Chairman was shot twice leading to his death,” the statement revealed. “Police investigation is expected to determine if this was an assassination or kidnapping-related murder.”

President Buhari, while commiserating with the family of the deceased, said:

“I strongly condemn the killing of Philip Shekwo. He was kind and jovial. His contribution towards strengthening the party in Nasarawa State will not be forgotten. May his soul Rest in Peace.”

That national headquarter of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), has also condemned the killing of Shekwo.

A statement on Sunday by the party's national publicity secretary, Nabena, urged security agencies to fish out his killers. Other eminent Nigerians and party chieftains have equally expressed shock at the tragic development, while calling for a thorough investigation into the killing of the politician. source: Crestnewsonline. NNL.

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