Police apprehend killers of ex-Governor Dariye’s father

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The Nigeria Police has announced that its officers of the Intelligence Response Unit have arrested eight suspects who allegedly kidnapped and murdered 92-year-old Dariye Dafwan, father of a former Governor of Plateau State, Joshua Dariye.

In a statement signed by its spokesperson, Frank Mba, and sent to PREMIUM TIMES, the police said the arrest was made following investigation of the killing of the nonagenarian.

Mr Mba, while parading the suspects in presence of some journalists on Wednesday, explained that Mr Dafwan Dariye, whose son was a two-term governor, was held incommunicado for about eight days under unsanitary conditions.

He said after a protracted negotiation, a ransom of N10 million was paid to the kidnappers and rather than setting him free, he was murdered.

Mr Mba said the incident happened in June 2020, adding that the police investigation began immediately after recovery of the victim's body whose son is currently serving a jail term in Kuje correctional facility over corruption.

The police spokesperson also noted that most of the kidnappers were indigenes of Bokkos, where Mr Dariye was kidnapped

"This crime is laced with wickedness. He was kept and treated in a manner that was unbefitting of his status and age," the police statement said.

"After a protracted negotiation, a ransom of 10 million Naira was paid to these kidnappers.

"Rather than let the innocent old man go home, the kidnappers, in addition to the trauma they made Pa Dariye to go through, in addition to the extortion of N10 million that they had successfully executed, they went on to murder Pa Dariye in cold blood.

"Within the last 30 days, the police were able to make tremendous progress that led to the arrest of the eight key suspects that played major roles in the kidnap and murder of the ex-governor's father.

"All the suspects, except very few of them, were from the same village in Bokkos Local Government Area with the murdered victim. This perhaps explained why they took the very wicked and costly decision of murdering the old man."

Source: Nasir Ayitogo