Hoodlums torch Benue government official’s house, which is related to former governor Aku

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The Benue State administration has stated categorically that the home that the bandits destroyed in the Gboko region belonged to a relative of the late Aper Aku, not the former governor.

On Monday, arsonists who have not been named allegedly stormed the house and set it on fire.

Additionally, it was mentioned that the entire house and its inhabitants would have been burned by the fire had the police not intervened and rescued them.

Deborah Aku’s daughter told reporters in Makurdi, the capital of the state, that six people were rescued and evacuated from the house before it was burned down by the thugs.

But in a statement, Olomon Lorpev—the Technical Advisor to Governor Hyacinth Alia on Media, Publicity, and Strategic Communication—explained who owned the house.

The residence, he said, belonged to Ityungu Aku, a distant relative of the outgoing governor.

The incident was denounced by Governor Hyacinth Alia as “barbaric” and the damage of any property within the state was condemned.

“Although the Benue State governor strongly denounces the destruction of any property in the state, it should be known that the house that was attacked belonged to Mr. Ityungu Aku, a relative of the previous governor, and was located in Mbayion near the house of the former Ter Gboko Akaahan Adi,” Lorpev added.

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