The current edition of Nigerian Oracle, the newspaper of Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom is not in circulation.
A frantic search for the highly respected newspaper all through last week in the nooks and crannies of Makurdi and Benue yielded no result as no vendor was given even though a few copies were spotted within the government house.
It is understood that the edition of newspaper contains a full page interview with prime suspect in the murder of the Governors aide on Security, Denen Igbana who was assassinated a few weeks ago at his residence in Tionsha area of Makurdi.
In the interview, the former war lord exonerated himself from the killing saying he was also investigating the said assassination. He added that he was only involved in fights against killer herdsmen and against other forms of illegality and lamented that his acceptance of the amnesty programme has incapacitated him.
While nine suspects including the Special Adviser to the Governor on Special Duties, Arc Joseph Kyaagba, have been arrested and charged to court in connection with the murder of Governor Ortom’s aide, the prime suspect who is also a beneficiary of the state governments amnesty programme, was rather handled the luxury of an interview with the Governor’s newspaper.
According to sources, the sensitivity of the matter led to the withdrawal of the newspaper from circulation, to prevent outrage from the masses who are beginning to question the integrity of the investigation since the prime suspect is still at large.