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Gunmen invade Benue church, abduct cook

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers on Saturday evening stormed Aho community of Owukpa in the Ogbadibo Local Government Area of Benue State.

The gunmen on arrival at the community were said to have moved straight to the residence of the Reverend Father of St. Mary Immaculate Church.

It was gathered that the gunmen took away the priest’s cook when they could not find their target on the church premises.

“The incident happened around evening on Saturday, the village was thrown into confusion when the gunmen suddenly stormed the area and went straight to the Reverend Father’s residence.

“Unfortunately, they did not see him and they (gunmen) decided to go away with a lady found on the premises,” a source told our correspondent on the phone.

The Local Government Chairman, Samuel Onu, who confirmed the attack said normalcy has returned to the community.

“Yes, there was an attack yesterday (Saturday) evening, some people came and took away the priest’s cook.

“The incident has been reported to the police and the situation in the area is calm now because some soldiers came to the place from a nearby checkpoint,” Onu said.

When contacted, the state’s Police Command spokesperson, SP Catherine Anene, said she did not have the report.

“I don’t have this information, please,” Anene said.

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