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BREAKING: Hoodlums burn down former Benue gov’s residence

Hoodlums have burned down the residence of former Governor of State, late Aper Aku, in the Gboko.

Politics Nigeria understands that the incident occurred on Monday, April 8, 2024.

It was gathered that the occupants were safely evacuated from the building before the building was destroyed.

A daughter of the late governor, Deborah Aku, told journalists in Makurdi that trouble began in March after a man came to the house with a cutlass and threatened to deal with them if his goat died again.
According to her, the man claimed that he was told that his goat died after drinking water from their house.

Aku said her mother reported the incident 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 besieged 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,” she said.
“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 narrated.
Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Catherine Anene, confirmed the incident to journalists on Tuesday in Makurdi.
Anene however, said she did not have further details as at the time of writing this report.
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