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Benue Commissioner, Ogbu, Kidnapped



Benue commissioner kidnapped Ogbu

The Benue State Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Mr Ekpe Ogbu, has been kidnapped.

He was kidnapped at the notorious Adankari Junction along the Otukpo-Ado Road at about 4 pm on Sunday.

The adviser on security matters to governor Samuel Ortom, Colonel Paul Hemba (retd), confirmed the abduction to Channels Television via the phone on Sunday night.

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According to him, the Hilux van the victim was traveling in has been recovered by the Police in Otukpo, and rescue efforts have begun but no contact has been established with the kidnappers.

The Adankari Junction has become the black spot for kidnap activities with at least three records of kidnappings reported there.

Previously, a Reverend Father, a Professor of the Benue State University, and a local politician from Otobi have been kidnapped at the junction on different dates.

The victims, upon their release, said the kidnappers were armed herdsmen terrorising local communities and commuters who plight the route. However, there has been no news from Benue at this time on the fate of Ogbu, the kidnapped commissioner.

Meanwhile, GWG.NG has reported that despite Atiku Abubakar’s continued flaunt of the successes of their joint administration between 1999 and 2007, President Olusegun Obasanjo may have formally turned his back on his 2023 presidential bid with his formal assertion for power shift to the South.

Obasanjo gave his inclination in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi at the weekend following a visit to him by the leadership of the apex Socio-Cultural group in Tiv land of Benue State, Mzough U Tiv (MUT).

With additional reports from Channels TV

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