Kidnappers’ Den Demolished in Makurdi

By Denen AchussahAfter rescuing wife of Benue State Lands, Survey and Solid Mineral’s Commissioner, Mrs. Ann Unenge, the house used by the kidnappers has been demolished.
Security Adviser to the Benue State Governor Colonel Paul Hemba (retd), who supervised the demolition told reporters that the demolition is in line with the Benue State Anti-Kidnapping and Hostage Taking Law.
Unconfirmed sources said a tenant left the house, located at BIPC Quarters Nyiman- Makurdi, about two months ago. 
Colonel Hemba (retd) said the owner of the property will be identified and arrested for prosecution. He has no idea yet, who owns the house.
The demolition, according to the Adviser will also serve as warning to property owners that they will do diligence on prospective tenants before renting out their property.
Mrs. Ann was reported to have gone missing with her driver on 29th July, 2021.
A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) DSP … said “officers of Operation Zenda got information about some suspected armed men at Welfare quarters, Makurdi and raided the area.  Five (5) suspects were arrested in connection with the case.
“Interrogation of these suspects revealed that Mrs Ann Bernard was moved to Nyiman Layout, Opposite BIPC quarters,  Makurdi.
“Today, 2/8/ 2021 at about 11.30hrs the crack team of Operation Zenda went on a rescue mission to the scene. On sighting the police, the suspects engaged them in a gun duel.  
“Consequently, three(3) suspects sustained gunshot injuries and eventually died while Mrs. Bernard and her driver were rescued.”
Three items including one AK47 rifle, two magazines loaded with 28 rounds of 7.62 live ammunition, two pump action guns and eight (8) cartridges were recovered.
Commenting on the demolition, Colonel Hemba (retd) said: “This morning you will remember that there was a press conference at the Police headquarters where corpses of kidnappers were displayed. They have been using this house as a den for kidnapping. 
“What you see here is the faithfull and diligent implementation of Benue Anti kidnapping and Hostage Taking Law. Apart from the arrest and prosecution of offenders, it also provides for the demolition of the building used. This building here falls in that category,” the Adviser told reporters.
Mrs. Ann has since been rescued and reunited with her family. She suffered a bullet injury at the appoint she was been taken by the kidnappers, Media Aide to the Commissioner Jacob Shom told The Voice. He however said it has not affected her bone.
Earlier today, Governor Samuel Ortom directed that the house be demolished. He went to receive the Commissioner’s wife at the Benue State headquarters of Nigeria Police, Makurdi, the state capital.

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