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Gunmen kill traditional ruler in Benue

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A traditional ruler has been killed in Benue state by yet-to-be identified heavily armed men.

Chief Yimaorga Asogo, until his death, was the kindred head of Ushir Kindred in Shitile Clan of Tiv land, Katsina-Ala local government area of Benue state.

He was abducted in the early hours of yesterday from his residence by, according an eyewitness who is a family member, “heavily armed assailants” after they had overpowered his household.

“They were shouting and telling him that he must produce of show them the whereabouts of Gana and two other persons we could not get their names properly,” the source stated.

He said Chief Yimaorga, who pleaded for his life denying that he knew the whereabouts of the wanted Gana, was taken away by the armed men and later discovered where he was strangled to death and abandoned.

Confirming the story, the Police Public Relations Officer, Makurdi Command, Moses Yamu, said the Command received the report of the unfortunate incident and have swung into action to investigate and bring the perpetrators to book.

The death of Yimaorga brings to two traditional rulers killed in the state in a similar manner as  Chief Awuha Alev, the District Head of Mbayongo in same Shitile Clan of Katsina Ala LGA was brutally murdered by gunmen in his residence early, last year.




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