By Matthew Ajai-Kume
Governor Samuel Ortom has said the assassination of Chief Terkula Suswam, elder brother to Senator Gabriel Suswam is an open declaration of war on the people of Sankera, by criminal elements.
The governor who disclosed this Wednesday during a condolence visit to the family of the deceased in Makurdi described the gruesome murder of Chief Suswam as very devastating. He noted that he was shocked when the news reached in Port Harcourt, Rivers State where he was attending a meeting.
The Benue State Governor explained that, it is disheartening when someone whose services are targeted at the development of his community and who has sacrificed his comfort for the good of others, in order to add value to his society to be murdered in such manner.
“Late Chief Terkula Suswam was a peacemaker and a friend who despite political differences, never allowed anything to come in to destroy our relationship,” he stated.
Governor Ortom assured the family that the security agencies would apprehend and bring the people who carried out the gruesome murder to book.
Commenting, the representative of the Tingir Dom family, Dr Jem Tor Anyiin described the murder of Chief Suswam as very unfortunate.
Dr Tor-Anyiin said, the act has devastated the family as well as put them in a state of confusion, especially in the village.
He further said, the burial would come up when the family finalise arrangement with the church and Senator Gabriel Suswam.
Dr Tor-Anyiin maintained that, the family is consoled by the timely visit of Governor Ortom and called all to pray for their family.