Ado Council chairman, James Oche reacts to invasion of Benue palace by gunmen

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The Executive Chairman, Ado Local Government Area of Benue State, Hon. Chief James Oche, has condemned the attack on Ikpomilokpo palace in Ogege Ward of his LGA by unknown gunmen.

Newspot had reported that armed men suspected to be kidnappers, on Monday morning invaded the palace with sophisticated weapons and gunned down the Monarch’s son while one of his daughters was whisked to an unknown destination.

It was gathered that the assailants invaded the palace with a target to abduct the Clan Head of the community, Chief Michael Oche and his wife.

Reacting, the Council Chairman, in a statement he personally signed and issued on Monday, urged residents of the community to remain calm, stressing that efforts are on gear to ensure that the abducted daughter of the monarch, Rose Oche is rescued unhurt.

He assured the people of Ado Local Government of adequate security, stating that the perpetrators should be brought to book.

Tye statement reads, “I write with indescribable grief to commiserate with the family of Chief Michael Oche, the Clan Head of Ikpomilokpo Clan of Ogege Ward of Ado Local Government over the attack on his Palace which occured in the early hours of today.

“It is sad that the unfortunate incident led to the death of his son, Mr. Thompson Oche and the abduction of his daughter, Rose Oche. This is a most unconscionable, inhuman and barbaric act and I condemn same in its entirety.

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“I wish to commiserate and reassure people of Ikpomilokpo Clan of the undeterred commitment of my administration in partnership with security agencies to bring the perpetrators of this dastardly act to book and to restore the sanity of the area.

“I make bold to inform you that, the Local Government Council is working assiduously with the security agencies, the state government and relevant stakeholders to ensure the safe release and return of the abducted Rose Oche within limited time.

“I urge you all to remain law abiding, calm and to cooperate with us and the security agencies through volunteering of useful information that will better advance the efforts we are putting in to arrest and bring the perpetrators to answer the call of Justice”.

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