By Esther Akaa
Unknown gunmen have killed a lawyer, Barr Benedict Torngee Aza in Gusau, Zamfara State.
The Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Gusau branch, Junaidu Abubakar Esq. confirmed this in a statement issued on Friday and made available to The Voice.
Abubakar said the deceased was shot dead by unknown gunmen and his body was found lying on the road side along Byepass near FRSC office, Gusau on Thursday.
He said: “Yesterday at about 10: 30 pm while I was in my house, I received three different phone calls from our colleagues informing me that B.T. Aza Esq. was shot dead by unknown gunmen and his body was lying on the road side along Byepass near FRSC office, Gusau.
“Immediately after receiving the information, I rushed to the scene where I met our colleaques, Abdullahi Ibrahim Esq. and Ibrahim Sani Gusau Esq. with much number of security personnel (police and soldiers). I saw B.T Aza’s dead body lying in cold blood on the shoulders of the road. I also saw his accident vehicle (Lexus Jeep) by the road side.
“While we were there, FRSC’s personnel came to the scene with a body bag in which the dead body was deposited and taken by the police to Yariman Bakura Specialists Hospital, Gusau where his dead body was deposited in the mortuary.
“According to the information, B.T Aza was shot dead by 2 unknown gunmen suspected to be kidnappers who came on a motorcycle.
“The information has it that, the gunmen wanted to kidnap him at his house situated at Saminaka Area, Behind Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Headquarters, Byepass, Gusau but he was able to escape, drove his vehicle and ran to the road side. The gunmen pursued him and shot him dead.
“B.T Aza’s neighbours said they heard some gun shots in the area and after a while, they also heard loud sound of a vehicle accident. When they came out and rushed to the scene, they saw B.T open his vehicle’s door, came out and walked with is legs to the main road where he sat down and he started bleeding and he died instantly.
“B.T was said to have been shot three times by the unknown gunmen who, after the shootings, took to their heel when they saw people coming to the scene.”
The Voice reports that the late Aza, who hailed from Yelewata, Guma Local Government Area of Benue State, attended University of Jos and Nigerian Law School, Kano Campus; and passed out of the latter in 2008.