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Saudi Arabia based oil expert, killed in Kogi

Yet-to-be identified gunmen have killed a Saudi Arabia based oil mogul, Ogacheko Atanu in his Idah residence in Kogi State. Competent source told our correspondent…

Yet-to-be identified gunmen have killed a Saudi Arabia based oil mogul, Ogacheko Atanu in his Idah residence in Kogi State.

Competent source told our correspondent that the incident happened on Saturday night at about 11pm when the deceased was about to retire to his bed.

It was also gathered that when the assassins stormed the compound of late Ogacheko Atanu, he was asked to say his last prayers before he was shot repeatedly.

His elder border, Mr Ukubile Atanu, who is a lecturer at Kogi State Polytechnic Lokoja in the department of Arts and Design, confirmed the incident in a telephone interview with Daily Trust in Lokoja.

Mr Ukubile Atanu who could not hold his tears while speaking to our correspondent over the death of his younger brother charged security agencies to bring the killers to book.

According to him, “when they (gunmen) entered his compound at about 11pm on Saturday, they told him( late Ogacheko Atanu) to say his last prayers before they killed him having rejected the amount of money he offered in the stead.

“After he was killed, his gateman went straight to police station to report the incident. I must tell you, this was another black day in our family. Those behind this evil act must be brought to book” the source said.

It was further learnt that the deceased who is survived by four children and an octogenarian mother was billed to travel out of Idah today (Sunday) for Abuja where he was expected to board flight to Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, the Kogi State Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO) DSP William Aya had confirmed the incident to the media, saying that the command received the report about the assassination of the deceased at about 05:00 hours Sunday.

“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.

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