Police Commissioner in Benue, Mr. Bashir Makama, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Makurdi that Adyorough was assassinated in the early hours of Sunday.
“He was killed in his house by bandits, who also shot his wife. The woman is currently responding to treatment at a government hospital in Makurdi,” Makama said.
Makama said the motive of the killing had yet to be established, but expressed optimism that the culprits would be apprehended and brought to book.
“We shall fish out the perpetrators of this heinous crime and bring them to justice,” he vowed.
He appealed to members of the public with any information to volunteer same to the police to assist in the search for the murderers.
NAN reports that Adyorough’s is the fourth assassination case involving one elder statesman and top government officials in Benue since Ortom became governor in 2015.
Among the recent murder victims are Ortom’s Special Assistant on Special Security, Mr. Denen Igbanan; Buruku Local Government Chairmanship aspirant, Mr. Joseph Tondo; and an elder statesman, Chief Atoza Hindan.
Meanwhile, Ortom has challenged the police to immediately arrest and prosecute the killers of his aide.
The governor, who spoke though his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Terver Akase, said that the killing was “unacceptable” and ordered security agencies to swing into action so as to arrest those responsible.
He described Adyorough as a “competent and dependable aide who delivered on assignments with dedication and honesty.”
Ortom sympathised with the immediate family of the deceased, the government and people of Benue on the loss, and pledged to support security agencies in apprehending the culprits.
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