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Gunmen abduct wife and house help of APC governorship aspirant in Benue, demand N100 million ransom



Some unknown gunmen have abducted the wife and house help of Hon. Terwase Orbunde, an All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant and the former Chief of Staff to ex-Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State.

The two victims were abducted near the Genocide Cemetery along Mobile Barracks-Welfare Quarters Road in Makurdi, the state capital, around 6 pm on Friday.

The victims, identified as Mrs Abigail Kashimana Orbunde and her house help, Patience Ogute, were reportedly returning to their car after inspecting and paying workers on their farm when they were ambushed by five armed men.

During the assault, Hon. Orbunde was shot in the right arm but managed to escape, although he was seriously injured.

Eyewitness accounts reveal a chaotic scene, with villagers and passersby fleeing in various directions following the gunfire.

The attackers forcibly took Mrs. Orbunde and Ms. Ogute to an unknown location

According to witnesses, as the group marched away, the former Chief of Staff, bleeding profusely, was ordered to walk away from the scene while the women were taken captive.

Good Samaritans later rushed Hon. Orbunde to a nearby hospital, where he is currently receiving medical treatment for his gunshot wound.

Hon. Orbunde had served as Chief of Staff during former Governor Samuel Ortom’s administration before resigning to contest in the PDP gubernatorial primary. He later joined the All Progressive Congress (APC) but was unsuccessful in securing a nomination.

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Meanwhile, Sewuese Anene, police spokesperson in the state has confirmed the development.

Anene said Orbunde reported the attack to the police and the command dispatched a team of detectives to the scene of the incident and recovered the politician’s car.

Anene said the assailants would be tracked and apprehended and that the abducted women will be freed.

A a family source said the assailants have demanded a N100 million ransom for the release of the two abducted women.

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