Gunmen kidnap army officer in Benue

In a concerning development, a Nigerian Army officer, identified as Charles Ogbonna, has reportedly been abducted by unknown gunmen in Makurdi, Benue State, near an army barracks.

Ogbonna, a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer (SNCO), was last seen driving out of the barracks en route to Agenebode.

According to SaharaReporters, Ogbonna’s car was later found abandoned along the Naka-Makurdi road, with his military identity card left inside. The discovery of his vehicle has raised alarm within the military community.

Sources within the military revealed that the kidnappers have demanded a ransom of N5 million for Ogbonna’s release and have made contact with his wife to negotiate the terms.

A military signal confirming the abduction has been obtained by SaharaReporters, which also details the efforts of the 72nd Parachute Battalion to locate and rescue the SNCO. The military is actively investigating the situation and working diligently to secure Ogbonna’s safe return.

The incident has highlighted the ongoing security challenges in the region and the risks faced by military personnel. Efforts by the authorities are underway to bring Ogbonna back safely and to address the circumstances surrounding his abduction.

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