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JUST IN: Hoodlums raze home of former Benue gov


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The residence of former Benue State governor, late Aper Aku has been set ablaze by hoodlums.

The unfortunate incident reportedly happened on Monday after the occupants were safely evacuated from the building.

Deborah Aku, a daughter of the late governor, told newsmen in Makurdi that the police rescued six of them early enough before the criminal elements burnt the house.

She explained that trouble started in March after a man came to the house with a cutlass and threatened to deal with them if his goat died again, claiming that he was told that his goat died after drinking water from their house.

Aku said her mother reported the threat to the police division in Gboko and the matter was later charged to court.

She however added that the fresh attack took place between 7am and 8am on Monday when the hoodlums invaded the house and trapped all six occupants.

“The incident started between 7am and 8am on Monday. They came around and didn’t talk to anyone numbering over 30. When we noticed that their visit was not friendly we locked all the doors and called the Police.”

“Before the Police could arrive they started destroying the house, killed our dog, broke into the pig house and carted away with all the pigs. They also destroyed our mother’s car.

“The Police arrived and were able to rescued us out of the house. We left with the Police with only what we were putting on. While we were on our way with the Police the house was burnt with everything inside. The Police came in two trucks but the boys were many and even attacked them too.

“Yesterday (Monday) when the incident happened the Police were only able to rescue us out of the house before it was burnt down. If not for them we would have probably being burnt inside the house. We were six inside the house.

“We are waiting for the Police to carry out their investigations. We have also reported the matter to all the relevant authorities including the governor and Speaker because this is his constituency”, she recounted.

Meanwhile, the spokesman of the command in Benue State, SP Catherine Anene, confirmed the incident to journalists on Tuesday in Makurdi.

The police image maker however, said she did not have further details as at the time of filing this report.


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