LG Chairman, three others abducted in Benue


The Executive Chairman, Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State, Rev. Haanongon Gideon was on Saturday, kidnapped alongside three of his aides by some unknown gunmen.

The LG chairman was reportedly abducted in the early hours of Saturday while on his way to the burial of a paramount ruler and Ter-Katsina-Ala I, Chief Fezanga Wombo.

He was reportedly kidnapped alongside his personal assistant, Mr. Ior Yuhwam, his driver, and a police officer.

A press statement purported to be from the Ukum Local Government council’s secretary, Jonathan Modi who confirmed the abduction of the caretaker chairman and three others read in parts:

“The Ukum Local Government Area Executive Council is with dismay to announce the kidnapping of the Council Chairman, Hon. Rev. Haanongon Gideon, alongside his PA on Administration, Mr. Ior Silas Yuhwam, his driver, and police orderly.

“The ugly incident took place this morning, along Anyagba, Tongov, in Katsina-Ala LGA, of Benue State, around 6:30 am, while on the way to attend the burial of the paramount Ruler of Katsina-Ala LG, the Ter Katsina-Ala, HRH Chief Fezaanga Wombo.

The statement advised all the people of the local government to remain calm and be law-abiding, assuring that measures are being taken to ensure their freedom.

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