Gunmen kidnap pastor, son, five travellers in Lagos-bound Benue Links bus
A pastor at the Jesus Prophetical and Apostolic Church, aka Jesus Family, North Bank, Makurdi, Steven Orhena, his son, Tertsea and five others have been abducted by gunmen suspected to be kidnapped between Kabba and Ayere, boundary communities in Kogi and Ondo states.
Wife of the pastor, Mrs Hanna Orhena, who disclosed this on Thursday told journalist that the victims on Tuesday boarded a vehicle from Makurdi, Benue State, and were going to Lagos State when they were intercepted by the hoodlums, who took them to the forest.
She said, “My husband and son, including five others, boarded a Benue Links vehicle going to Lagos, but they were abducted between Kabba and Ayere around 3pm on Tuesday.
“The abductors called me yesterday (Wednesday) night between 10 and 11pm and asked me to look for someone who could speak in Hausa language to interpret for me.
“When we were talking, they demanded N5m ransom, but I negotiated with them to accept N500,000; they refused. But they allowed my husband and son to speak to me.
“They also told me that they came from Zamfara State and that they had a boss in Abuja, so nothing would happen to them.”
The General Manager of Benue Links Transport Company, Mrs Ugela Monica, said there was no publicity when bandits hijacked a train recently and wondered why journalists wanted to write a news report about her company.
She said, “I am not aware of the abduction of our passengers. When it happened on a train and others in another place, you people did not make news (out of it); it is when it happens to Benue Links that you want to make news out of it.”
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