The spokesperson of the Nigeria Police, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi confirmed this in a press statement on Monday night while reaffirming the commitment of the Force to prevention of crimes across the country.
“The Nigeria Police Force, through the diligent efforts of its operatives, has successfully apprehended two suspects involved in an alleged assassination plot,” Adejobi said.
“The arrested suspects include a Chairman of one of the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Benue State.”
Adejobi said that preliminary investigations revealed that the Local Government chairman allegedly contracted a militia with the sinister intention of eliminating the Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Hon. Aondona Hycenth Dajoh.
He added that the he operatives of the Force Intelligence Department – Intelligence Response Team (FID-IRT) swiftly swung into action upon receiving credible intelligence regarding the planned assassination.
According to the spokesperson, both suspects are currently in police custody and are actively cooperating with investigators in the ongoing inquiry.
He assured Nigerians that the Police remains resolute in its commitment to upholding the safety and security of the citizens and public officials.
“The arrested suspects will face the full weight of the law, and the Nigeria Police Force reassures the public of its unwavering commitment to maintaining law and order, and prevention of crimes at all levels,” Adejobi said.
Three killed in helicopter skiing crash in British Columbia
At least three people were killed on Monday in the crash of a helicopter carrying a group of recreational skiers on an outing in British Columbia, the tour operator said in a statement.
The chopper went down near Terrace, a town of about 12,000 residents in the Skeena region of west-central British Columbia about 70 miles (112 km) east of the Alaska border, according to Northern Escape Heli-Skiing.
The British Columbia Emergency Health Services reported separately that four people injured in the crash and treated by paramedics at the scene were taken to Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace in critical condition.
It was left unclear whether any of those initially hospitalized were among the victims later listed as deceased by the tour operator, whose website promotes trips featuring “big mountain, backcountry skiing at its finest.”
A spokesperson for the company, Tamara Little, said she did not know how many passengers and crew were aboard the chopper when it went down and whether anyone was missing after the crash.
There was no official word on the cause or circumstances surrounding the crash, which occurred at about 4 p.m. local time.