We are being targeted for kidnapping – Igbos in Benue cry out.

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Igbos in Benue have called out to Governor Samuel Ortom for protection over what they described as targeted kidnapping. According to Daily Trust, Igbos in Benue said they were fast becoming ‘endangered species’ in the state as a result of insecurity. They said they have appealed to the governor and various security agencies but nothing has been done. Okafor Nnolim who is a prominent member of the Igbo community in Benue and businessman said a week does not go by without an Igbo person being kidnapped.

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Nnolim said: “We can no longer do our businesses freely for fear of being kidnapped or murdered. Since January this year, we have had over 50 Igbos kidnapped and some murdered in cold blood by bandits and suspected herdsmen.” 

He said they have to pay millions to kidnappers for their release. Another Igbo in Benue simply identified as Chief Ndukaku, corroborated Nnolim’s concern saying efforts to get security agencies involved have been futile. He said: “Igbos in Benue state is being systematically decimated and our businesses are gradually being ruined by these kidnappers and bandits.” Meanwhile, five residents in Benue have allegedly lost their lives in fresh violence that rocked the Tiv/Junkun communities in Gyenku village, Ukum local government area of the state. The attacks followed the continued crisis between the two communities residing at the border between Benue and Taraba. 

Confirming the incident, the chairman of the local government council, Tor-Tyokaa Ibellogo, said in Makurdi, the capital of Benue state that some gunmen attacked the rural community of Gyenku while the residents were setting out for their daily farming activities.

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