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Senator’s security aide allegedly kills vigilante in Taraba


A Senator’s security aide, has been accused of killing a member of a vigilante group in the Bali Local Government Area ofTaraba State.

The policeman attached to theSenator representing Taraba Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Yusuf Abubakar, shot the vigilane while trying to disperse the youths who were protesting against the senator’s visit to the area.

The Senator’s Security aide was at the headquarters of Taraba Central Senatorial Zone with the lawmaker, to consult party stalwarts ahead of the forthcoming primaries of the All Progressive Congress when the incident occurred. It was gathered that youths loyal to Yusuf and those loyal to the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Senator Aisha Alhassan, clashed at the event, leading to the death of one person.

“The body language of some of the youths before the arrival of the senator showed that all was not well.

“We were here on Friday when the news filtered in that Senator Abubakar will be visiting Bali. Some youths then mobilised in their numbers and started protesting against his visit,” he said.

The deceased was identified as Mr Daratu, a father of five. He was reportedly caught in the middle of the protesting youths who were allegedly trying to lynch the senator. Punch reported that the Taraba State Commissioner of Police, David Akinremi, who confirmed the incident said it was not clear who actually fired the fatal shot.

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“The senator was in Bali to visit the APC secretariat when some hoodlums attacked him; he was, however, whisked off to safety by security personnel

“I have ordered an investigation into the incident to unravel who actually fired the fatal shot. You know, there were DSS and other security personnel there; so, it’s not clear who shot the vigilante. The hoodlums might have done that, but investigation will unravel who actually shot the man dead,” he said.

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