By Nkasi Kolie 
Gunmen suspected to be armed robbers have reportedly killed a lecturer; Mr. Echobu Adah with the Benue State Polytechnic, Ugbokolo.
According to sources from the area, Adah was gunned down by his assailants who accosted him along Otukpo-Enugu Express Way, on his way from Eke community back to his station in Ugbokolo at about 5pm on Sunday.
One of our sources who did not want to be named disclosed that armed robbers have been perpetrating their evil acts on that road for about a month now without much resistance from security agencies.
Another source lamented that the spot where the deceased lecturer was killed is very close to a police check point and wondered why such an act would be going on at that time of the day without security operatives stepping into the matter.
It was further gathered that Adah’s murder has sparked protest in the area as youths, on Monday blocked the Eke junction on Otukpo Enugu highway which caused serious gridlock on the busy highway for hours.
The aggrieved youths who bore placards with various inscriptions called on Government to address the incessant killings by armed robbers in the area.
A video that was obtained from the wall of one Sunday Santos Elaigwu on facebook showed how the road was barricaded with heavy woods leaving commuters stranded on the highway.
“We are in solidarity of one of our brothers, Exhibit Adah who was killed yesterday (Sunday). Enough is enough. Government should either come and save us or we all die together,” one of the protesters was heard saying in the video.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer PPRO DSP Catherine Anene who confirmed the report said the lecturer was killed by suspected armed robbers.
“The man was on transit when he noticed conflict between some people on the road. He stopped, he didn’t know that they were robbers. He tried to ask them what was the matter, so they shot him. You know they (armed robbers) are always very reactive.”
Asked if the robbers went away with his vehicle, Anene said his car was not touched adding that she was yet to be briefed about the protest in the area.

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