By Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
Suspected gunmen have killed a Saudi Arabia-based oil expert, Ogacheko Atanu at his residence in Idah, Idah local government area of Kogi State.
Source told our correspondent that the incident occurred on Saturday night at about 11pm when the deceased was about retiring to his bed.
It was also learnt that when the assassins stormed the premises of late Ogacheko Atanu, he was asked to say his last prayers before he was shot repeatedly.
The elder brother, Mr. Ukubile Atanu who is a lecturer with the Kogi State Polytechnic Lokoja, Art and Design Department confirmed the incident during a telephone interview with our correspondent on Sunday.
Atanu who could not hold back tears while speaking to journalists over the death of his younger brother charged security agencies to bring his brother’s killers to book.
He explained that when entered his compound at about 11pm on Saturday, they told his brother to say the last prayers before they kill him.
He said his late brother told the gunmen that he will give them money, so that they can spare his life, but they refused and was subsequently shot repeatedly as they didn’t touch the gateman.
“After he was killed, his gateman went straight to police station to report the incident. I must tell you, this is another black day in our family. Those behind this evil act must be brought to book,” a source said.
It was further learnt that the deceased who is survived by four children, including an eighty years old mother was billed to travel out of Idah today, (Sunday), for Abuja were he is expected to pick a flight to Saudi Arabia.
Kogi State Police Public Relation Officer, (PPRO) DSP William Avye Aya, when contacted, confirmed the incident, said the command received a report about the assassination of the deceased at about 05:00 hours of Sunday.
“The security man of the deceased reported the incident to Idah Police division today at 05:00hours. Unknown masked men numbering about four entered the compound of the deceased through the fence.
“They told the security man to open the gate while the deceased was relaxing with his friend inside the compound. The gunmen told all of them to lie down. They later told the owner of the house to stand up and shot him.
“His body had been moved to the mortuary for autopsy and effort is being intensified to get the perpetrators of this evil act,” he added.