Slain Plateau APC spokesman got 20 death threats – Secretary


The Plateau State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was plunged into grief on Sunday following the tragic death of its Publicity Secretary, Sylvanus Namang

Reports state that Namang, who hails from the Mangu Local Government Area, was shot dead in the neighbouring Pankshin LGA where he attended a burial on Saturday.

Reports indicate that he was purchasing items in a shop in the vicinity when unknown assailants targeted and killed him.

Festus Fuanter, the National Secretary of the APC, expressed deep sorrow over Namang’s death, emphasizing its significant impact on the party. He urged authorities to conduct a comprehensive investigation into the incident.

Fuanter also revealed that Namang had received more than 20 death threats prior to his killing.

Fuanter said, “His death is quite sad. If it was a case of kidnapping, they would have abducted him and left. Why kill him on the spot? We are waiting for the outcome of any possible investigation and security report on the circumstances surrounding the incident and we will respond appropriately.

“Because, before now, he has received more than 20 threats to his life, some of which he has reported to the security authorities.”

Simon Lalong, former governor of Plateau State, expressed profound distress upon learning of Namang’s killing and urged security agencies to exhaust all efforts in apprehending the culprits.

Rufus Bature, the Chairman of the Plateau State APC, characterized Namang’s death as profoundly shocking.

Bature said, “As a party, we are not fine at all. The death of the party’s state Publicity Secretary at this time is quite unfortunate. He was a complete gentleman and a humble human being committed to his duties. He had no fears of telling the truth. We will sorely miss him.”

When contacted, the Spokesman for the Plateau State Police Command, Alabo Alfred, said, “We are in a meeting. I cannot speak to you on the matter now.”