Breaking: Gunmen murder former Benue LG Chairman

Kidnappers have murdered a former chairman of Katsina Ala and Ukum Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Benue state, Elder Washima Erukaa.

Erukaa, 80, was abducted from his home in Zakibiam, Ukum LGA, on September 23, 2023.

A family source who confirmed the development, said the kidnappers had communicated Erukaa’s passing to his family, and said they have since buried him.

According to the source, “One of the abductors informed a member of the family that Erukaa died while in captivity and had been buried.”

It was gathered that the abductors had initially demanded a sum of N12 million ransom for his release.

“They subsequently reduced their demand to N5 million, but tragically, his life was taken before the ransom could be paid,” the source added.

As of the time of filing this report, the police spokesperson, SP Catherine Anene, was yet to react to the incident.

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