Gunmen attacked Ikpomolokpo palace in Gege ward of Ado Local Government Area in Benue State in the early hours of Monday, killing the son of the monarch while his daughter was whisked away.
Ejes Gist News, gathered the gunmen stormed the community around 2 a.m. and proceeded to the clan head’s palace, where they wreaked havoc.
The peasants claimed they heard gunshots from the clan chief’s home on multiple occasions but were unable to act since they were powerless.
Chief James Oche, Chairman of the Ado Local Government Area, confirmed the incident to journalists in Makurdi, saying he received a distress call about it.
“At about 2 a.m. today (Monday), some gunmen broke through the fence of the Ipomoloko clan head’s residence and demanded the wife of the clan head from the clan head’s son, Thompson.”
“They shot the young man because he told them he didn’t know where his mother was,” he said. “They then took the sister away.”
The council chairman went on to say that he immediately informed troops from Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS), but that the shooters had retreated into the nearby Atiga woodland before they could reach the palace.
The forces were already on the trail of the perpetrators, according to Oche, to apprehend them and rescue the abductee.
DSP Catherine Anene, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Benue, was unavailable for comment as of press time since her phone line had been disconnected.
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