As an uneasy calm descended on the troubled Ondo-Ogobia communities in Otukpo Local Government area of Benue State, some gory details have emerged on the attack that claimed the lives of a former state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Major Lawrence Ugboh (retd.) and three others penultimate Thursday.
Also killed in the early morning attack on the village were a retired police officer, Obeluva Ujah, the security officer of the local government and one other person. During a visit of our correspondent to the community, one of Ugbo’s children, Edwin, a state Commandant of the Peace Corps in Kaduna, said that on the eve of the fateful Thursday, he had spoken with his father in the night, who requested him to assist some youths, who were looking for job only to be informed few hours later that his father had been killed.
“Around 9pm on Wednesday, my father had called, requesting me to help some youths secure a job. He said he was going to send them to me and asked me to ensure they got the job, only to receive a call the following day around 7am that my father that I spoke with less than 12 hours was gone.
“The family has been reduced to zero, I was told that my father made distress call to security chiefs in Otukpo from 5am till the time he was killed around 6am and that there was no response.
“The attackers bundled my father into his car and burnt him alive; it was a well coordinated attack.” Another son, Okpe, who resides in Makurdi, the state capital, said that he was with his father three weeks ago when he came to submit the SOS letter to the state governor, Samuel Ortom; and other security chiefs in Makurdi. He explained that the attack in the town, which was a fallout of a land dispute between two brothers claimed the life of his father in a tragic manner.