Crime

Medical Doctor murdered, burnt

The Zamfara state Police command says it has commenced investigation into the death of Enoch Okpara, a Medical Doctor, who was killed and burnt by unknown attackers.

Enoch Okpara was a consultant obstetrics/gynaecologist who worked at the Federal Medical Centre, Gusau.

The doctor was found dead at his home in Mareri area of Gusau, the state capital, on Saturday.

Shehu Mohammed, the police public relations Officer (PPRO) of the state command, confirmed the incident to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday.


He said Usman Nagogo, the Zamfara commissioner of police, has instructed the Police to carry out a thorough investigation on the matter.

“We received the sad report of the gruesome murder of a Medical Doctor, Enoch Okpara on Saturday afternoon,” he said.

“Due to the terrible nature of the killing, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Usman Nagogo, ordered for immediate commencement of investigation into the matter.

“This is with a view to fish out the culprits and bringing them to book.”he said.

Speaking on the incident, Mannir Bature, vice-chairman of the state’s chapter of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) described the deceased as a “quiet gentleman”.

The doctor was said to be discovered missing when he failed to show up in church on Saturday morning, which according to sources, was very unusual.

Bature said the church decided to contact some of Okpara’s colleagues who tried calling his cell phone, but it rang repeatedly without response, thereby raising suspicion.

He said when his colleagues checked his house where the deceased lived alone, as his family was not in Zamfara, his car was seen parked inside the compound and so, drew the attention of the police to check in.

According to Bature, the burnt body of the deceased was found in the courtyard while bloodstains were seen on the walls of the room.

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