A suspected military personnel who is yet to be identified allegedly abducted and murdered a tax collector and Senior Inspector of Taxes with the Benue State Internal Revenue Service, BIRS, Mr. Terfa Akure in Makurdi.
Akure was abducted from his duty post on Saturday at a gazetted BIRS Inspection point located close to the ‘C’ Dvision of the State Police Command in the North Bank area, Makurdi town.
According to Newsmen, an eyewitness who is also known as a ‘barrier boy’ at the inspection point who spoke in condition of anonymity, said the suspected military personnel stormed the inspection point in a military van.
“They came in a military vehicle at about 11am, shouting and threatening to kill everyone and we all started running. But Mr. Akure said he would not run because he was on legitimate duty and was sent to his duty post by the government.
“When they got to him, they started beating him up and took away his phone and the funds collected by the team on night duty. After that they bundled him into their vehicle and took him away.
“We only saw that his dead body was this Sunday morning at about 6am dropped on the roadside at Yagba community very close to the Ape Aku Housing Estate in North Bank of Makurdi,” he said.
It was gathered that a violent protest almost ensued after the discovery of Akure’s corpse on Sunday morning.
However the situation was brought under control following the intevention of Governor Samuel Ortom’s Security Adviser, Colonel Paul Hemba and other top Government functionaries.