Suspected killer of former Governor Gabriel Suswam’s political godfather, Chief Atoza Ihindan has been paraded by the Benue State Police Command.
The suspect, Aondoaver Nough who was paraded alongside 52 other suspected criminals who were arrested within the state in the last few weeks is now being interrogated by the police on the spate of killings in Katsina-Ala axis of the state.
Commissioner of Police, Hyacinth Dagala while parading the suspects before newsmen said when the news of the gruesome murder of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain got to him, he immediately deployed an Assisstant Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations to lead a team of policemen to the area.
He explained further that the Police team raided the hideouts of the suspected criminals and arrested Aondaver while the chair on which Chief Ihindan was sitting before the merchants of death visited him was also recovered.
Dagala however noted that during interrogation, the suspect did not link Governor Samuel Ortom’s Chief Security Officer (CSO), Dickson Pawa to the murder of the second Republic legislator as being alleged in some quarters.
He said even though son of the late PDP stalwart, Terfa Atoza Ihindan had at a press conference in Abuja, fingered Pawa as the mastermind of his father’s murder, he was yet to make a formal report to him on the matter.
“Since the incident, Terfa and I have been in constant touch but he has not made any formal complaint to me on this matter. So, we cannot just go and arrest somebody all because someone made an allegation against him until we receive a formal complaint”, he stated.
However, when asked if he was the actual killer of Ihindan as alleged, Aondaver denied saying he had been in Port- Harcourt for the past 10 years and only came home to take a wife when he was arrested by the police in Katsina-Ala.
Our correspondent observed that the suspect who was carrying a bandage on his ankle owing to a gunshot wound was very incoherent in his speech while speaking with newsmen.