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Gunmen Attack ex- CoS in Benue, Abduct Wife, Maid

Terwase Orbunde, a former Chief of Staff to the immediate-past Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, has been attacked by armed men, who took away his wife and house maid.

Spokesperson of the Benue State Police Command, SP Catherine Anene, said the command got a report on Friday evening from the former Chief of Staff that he was attacked on his farm in the evening and his wife and housemaid were whisked away by the armed men to unknown destination.

According to the PPRO, Orbunde was also wounded in the attack.

A source closed to the family, said the attack took place close to the Genocide Cemetery along Mobile Barracks-Welfare Quarters Road in Makurdi, the state capital on Friday, April 12, 2024, at about 6pm.

The source explained that the former Chief of Staff escaped with a gunshot wound on his right arm while the attackers whisked away his wife, Kashimana Orbunde, and her house help, Patience Ogute.

According to the source, Orbunde, his wife and house help, had gone to inspect the weeding of his farm.

An eyewitness told newmen that after the inspection of the farm and payment of workers, gunmen numbering up to five suddenly appeared and attacked the victims as they walked back to their car.

“As the victims walked to their car, the gunmen opened fire and shot Orbunde on the right arm and ordered him, the wife and house help to follow them to an unknown destination”, he narrated.

The shooting was said to have caused villagers and passersby to scamper for safety in different directions.

As the victims followed them, the former Chief of Staff was said to be bleeding profusely and unable to walk quickly.

The eyewitnesses, who was watching from a distance, said the leader of the group ordered him to walk away while the gunmen took the women to an unknown destination while good Samaritans who arrived the scene conveyed Orbunde to the hospital.



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