Gunmen Abduct Commissioner for Housing in Northcentral Nigeria

Gunmen Abduct Commissioner for Housing in Northcentral Nigeria (News Central TV)

Ekpe Ogbu, the housing and urban development commissioner for the state of Benue, has been abducted.

At around 4pm on Sunday, the Commissioner was taken hostage at the notorious Adankari Junction on the Otukpo-Ado Road.

Colonel Paul Hemba, Governor Samuel Ortom‘s security advisor, confirmed the incident to newsmen on Sunday night.

Governor Samuel Ortom

He said that while rescue efforts have started and the police in Otukpo have found the Hilux van the victim was riding in, no contact has been made with the kidnappers.

With at least three instances of kidnappings there, the Adankari Junction has turned into a hotspot for kidnapping activity.

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At the intersection on different days in the past, a priest, a professor from Benue State University, and an elected official from Otobi were all abducted.

After being freed, the victims said the abductors were armed herdsmen terrorising the area’s residents and commuters.

Meanwhile, Troops of Operation Whirl-Stroke (OPWS) covering Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba states respectively Sunday proclaimed the arrest of two notorious kidnappers who have been terrorising residents of Zaki-Biam in Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State and rescued some kidnapped victims.


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