There was tension in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State as the Caretaker Chairman of Ukum LGA, Haanongon Gideon, was abducted by yet-to-be-apprehended gunmen.
NIGERIACRIME gathered that three aides of the LG boss were also kidnapped during the operation carried out in the early hours of Saturday while they were on their way to attend the burial of the paramount ruler of Katsina-Ala LG, the Ter Katsina-Ala, Chief Fezaanga Wombo.
Among those kidnapped along with him were his personal assistant, Mr. Ior Yuhwam, his driver, and a police officer.
Confirming the abduction of the Chairman and three others, a press statement from the council secretary, Jonathan Modi, read in parts, “The Ukum Local Government Area Executive Council announces the kidnap of the Council Chairman, Rev. Haanongon Gideon, alongside his PA on Administration, Mr Ior Yuhwam, his driver and police officer.
“The ugly incident took place this morning, along Anyagba, Tongov, in Katsina-Ala LGA, of Benue State, around 6:30am, while on the way to attend the burial of the paramount Ruler of Katsina Ala LG, the Ter Katsina-Ala, Chief Fezaanga Wombo.”
The statement enjoined all the people of the local government to remain calm and be law-abiding, assuring them that measures are being taken to ensure the victims’ freedom.
The state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Matthew Abo, also confirmed the abduction of the chairman and three of his official aides.
He said, “It’s true he was abducted, I cannot say much now because I am at a funeral in Katsina-Ala.”
The state Commissioner for Information, who hails from the same local government area, was also abducted by gunmen in September, 2023.
However, the state command spokesperson, SP Catherine Anene, said she was yet to be briefed.