Gunmen assassinate Saudi-based oil magnate

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A Saudi Arabia-based Nigerian oil magnate, Ogacheko Atanu, had been assassinated in his home in Idah, Kogi State, North Central Nigeria.

Elder brother to the deceased, Mr Ukubile Atanu, who is a lecturer with the Kogi State Polytechnic Lokoja, who confirmed the incident, notec that the assassination happened at about 11pm when the deceased was about retiring to bed.

When the assassins stormed his compound, Atanu was asked to say his last prayers before he was shot repeatedly till he gave up the ghost, his brother reportedly said via telephone on Sunday.

Atanu, who could not hold his tears over the death of his younger brother, charged security agencies to bring his brother’s killers to book.

Atanu with gunshot injuries
“When they (gunmen) entered his compound at about 11pm on Saturday, they told him (Ogacheko Atanu) to say his last prayers before they killed him. Before then he told them that he would give them money, so that they can spare his life, but they refused. They then began to shoot him severally, and left without taking anything.

“After he was killed, his gateman, who was lucky to escape with his life, ran straight to the police station to report the incident. I must tell you, this is another black day in our family. Those behind this evil act must be brought to book,” Ikubile said.

It was further learnt that the deceased, who is survived by four children, including an 80 years old mother was billed to travel out of Idah today, (Sunday), to Abuja were he was to have taken a flight back to Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, the Kogi State Police Public Relation Officer, (PPRO) DSP William Avye Aya, who confirmed the incident, said the command received a report about the assassination of the deceased at about 05:00 hours on Sunday.

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