Incident Summary:

06/30/2006: Governorship aspirant Jesse Aruku was abducted and held at gunpoint on Basa-Gada-Biu road, after attending a Congress of Democrats (ACD) rally earlier that evening. He told his wife that he was going out to buy drugs from a local pharmacy and he never returned. Aruku’s body was later found along Miango road in a gutter close to the Rukuba barracks of the 3rd Division of the Nigerian Army in Jos. It is suspected that his assassins were twelve members of the People's Democratic Party who attended the rally earlier that day.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
On Bassa-Gada-Biu road; body later found in a gutter along Miango Road.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD) Governorship aspirant
Specific Description Chief Jesse Aruku
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Twelve suspects were initially arrested for involvement in the murder. However, all suspects were released on bail and finally let off. No one has since been arrested or convicted for the murder of the Chief.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
People's Democratic Party (PDP) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 12
Number of Captured Perpetrators 12
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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Aziken, Emmanuel. “ACD Decries Probe Of Slain Guber Aspirant” Vanguard (Nigeria) All Africa Global Media, July 4, 2006
“Nigeria; 4 Arrested Over Killing of Guber Aspirant,” Africa News, July 4, 2006