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BREAKING: Suspected kidnappers abduct 8 persons in Benue community 

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No fewer than eight persons have been abducted on Atamka-Ugbugbu road in Ogbadibo Local Government Area of Benue State.

AFRIPOST gathered that majority of those abducted were on their way from a local market, Ahor-Ogbo when they were taken by their abductors.

Those abducted Sunday evening include Onyechi Onuh, John Ameh, Agnes Ikwuta and 4 others whose name we cannot confirm as at press time.

The incident which happened 6pm followed an earlier incident of abduction of a security guard at Anumachogwu in Ugbugbu.

A security man manning the gate of a top businessman (name withheld) was abducted and a ransom of 20 million Naira has already been demanded by the abductors.

Though no ransom has been placed on the Sunday abduction yet, inside sources have alleged internal collaboration.

When AFRIPOST reached the local vigilante Monday morning, our correspondent was told that 3 motorcycles of some of the victims including other things have been recovered from the forest in the area.

The vigilante, however, refused to speak further on the progress made so far, stating that such information could not be disclosed for security reasons.

A community member who does not want his name in print also alleged internal collaboration, saying unless there is a raid in the community to arrest elements who are bringing in the kidnappers, the situation will remain the same. According to him, the abductors are not Fulani herdsmen, urging the community to look inwards.

When AFRIPOST reached out to the community national Chairman, Igoche Anthony, he confirmed the development, revealing that efforts were on to ensure Ugbugbu and other adjoining communities are completely set free from dare-devil kidnappers.

When AFRIPOST reached out to Anene Catherine Sewuese, the Benue State Police Public Relations Officer, she said the police was yet to get the information, urging the community to report the matter to the police immediately for immediate action.

But the Orokam Divisional Police Officer, DPO, Mr Felix Nomiyugh, confirmed the incident to AFRIPOST, saying police has commenced investigation on the matter.

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