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Police washes hands off cyclist’s death in Benue

Written By Idoma Television on Friday, April 1, 2016 | 11:28:00 PM

The Benue Police Command has washed their hands off the case regarding any involvement in the alleged killing of an motor cycle rider (names withheld) a forth night ago by unidentified assailants in Makurdi, the Benue State capital. Okada riders in the state capital had staged a peaceful demonstration on Thursday, barricading major high ways and streets with placards which read: ‘Enough is enough’, alleging that in recent times, cyclists in the state were being killed indiscriminately for no apparent reason. 

It could be recalled that cyclists had taken to the streets to registered their grievances over the death of one of their members who was allegedly killed by unknown assailants at about 2:30am on Thursday. A staunch member of the union, who preferred anonymity, told Saturday Mirror that members of the union in recent times were being killed unprovoked by miscreants, and urge the law enforcement agents to safeguard them from unwarranted attacks, leading to many loss of lives in the state. 

“Few weeks ago, we lost two members of the association in similar circumstance,” he said . Speaking on the development, the chairman of Benue Motorcycle Association, Comrade Augustine Akaa, claimed that the deceased was not member of the union. According to him, “we have gone through our records, but can’t find his particulars. 

We therefore, announce that the dead man does not belong to the union, and call on the government to enforce the earlier time frame of 6am -8pm with a view to minimizing cases of robberies and snatching at gun point of motorcycles belonging to our members in the state. 

When contacted the state Police Public Relations Officer, Moses Yamu, Assistant Superintendent of Police said investigation would soon commence to ascertain the circumstances which led to the death of the motorcyclist and absolve his personnel of any complicity.

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