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Businessman abducted as thugs invade church in Benue

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About seven armed gunmen who have been terrorising residents of Makurdi, Katsina-Ala and Gboko Local Government Areas of Benue State last Saturday, kidnapped a businessman in Katsina-Ala identified as Ronald Aondowase Mnyim, popularly known as ‘Smoky.’
The kidnap incident coincided with the invasion of a church service by over 20 political thugs in Buruku Local Government Area by over 25 notorious political thugs during a thanksgiving service, and the invasion of the College of Education, Katsina Ala, by armed robbers who were said to have carted away several properties from the institution.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that the businessman was relaxing at his hotel, Dream Palace, with his friends and brothers when the gunmen struck and forcefully took him away to an unknown destination.
The abduction of Mnyim has led to protest from youths in Katsina-Ala who took to the streets yesterday to protest the ugly incident.
No ransom has been demanded as at the time of going to press.
The thugs, who were said to have arrived the church premises at about 10am, fired sporadically in the air to scare away worshippers, forcing the Pastor, Akpera Gundu, elders and visitors to scamper for cover.
The thugs were said to have carted away the church offerings, smashed the wind screens and glasses of cars of those who accompanied Hon. Jev to the event, and later held them hostage for hours before taking off.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP John Bako confirmed the kidnap of Mnyim which he said took place at about 8:30pm of the fateful day.
Bako said the command had put every machinery in place to track down the gunmen, adding that already some arrests had been made in connection with previous attacks.

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