Two persons including a staff of Radio Nigeria Harvest FM Radio station in Makurdi, Peter Kumbur were killed by unknown gunmen in Makurdi, Benue State capital on Saturday night .
Kumbur, until his demise, was head of the engineering services and ICT, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Harvest FM Makurdi.
An eyewitness who identified himself as Lever Akpo, disclosed that Engr. Kumbur was relaxing closed to his house located along school lane, low level Makurdi when the gunmen shot him dead .
He added that the gunmen, after succeeded in killing the Engineer also killed a neighbour who heard of gunshot and rushed out to know the identities of the killers.
“I sat closed to Engr. Kumbur at a drinking joint and I saw him when he stood up to go home. when he moved towards his house, then we heard a sporadic gunshots. I believe the gunmen laid ambush for him.
“Unfortunately, the people turned back and killed the neighbour who came out to see those shooting guns.
“Kumbur was shot at a close range which resulted to the instant death. Late Kumbur was a very jovial, brilliant and so accommodating young man who loved everyone that comes close to him while he was alive”, Akpo said.
A staff and colleague of late Kumbur, Mr. Terna ijua said he was devastated by death of his colleague.
According to him, the deceased, apart from being colleague in the office, Kumbur and I, hail from the same local government and we had a close working relationship with each other.
” It is very unfortunate that Engineer Kumbur could just be murdered in this manner.
“Just about a week ago, we lost the Head of Programmes Department and today, brutal killing of another staff”. This is unacceptable and too heavy to bear, security agencies must do the needful to curb this kind of thing”, he said.
Mr. Ijua frowned on the incessant cases of assassinations in the state, saying that government must do everything possible to bring the situation to under control.
Commiserating with the death of FRCN staff, Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom charged police and other security agencies in the state to move speedily and apprehend the killers of Mr Patrick Kumbul and ensure they are brought to justice.
Governor Ortom in a statement by his chief press secretary, Terver Akase, described the killing of Mr Kumbur as barbaric and unacceptable,
He urged residents of the Benue State capital and neighbouring towns to volunteer information that would lead to the arrest of the killers.
The Governor sympathized with the entire Kumbul family, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria and Harvest FM staff in particular over the painful loss and prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest.