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Gunmen attack another Benue Link vehicle, abduct 11 passengers

Passengers of 2 commercial buses kidnapped in Kogi

Gunmen on Sunday night attacked a Benue Link passenger bus and abducted at least 11 persons, multiple sources said on Monday.

The driver of the vehicle and four passengers were, however, said to have escaped after the attack which occurred at about 10:00pm along Ogbokolo-Otukpa road in Okpokpwu local government area of Benue.

A competent source said that the kidnappers had initially demanded N60 million, but came down to N16 million as ransom to release the passengers.

A similar incident involving two buses of the transport company occurred on September 10, and 28 people were kidnapped.

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A total of 26 of those abducted have been released while two are still with the kidnappers.

Omale Omale, the commissioner for power, energy and transport confirmed the development to newsmen in Makurdi. He, however, said details of the incident were still sketchy.

Meanwhile, the Makurdi Zonal Centre of Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), said among the passengers abducted was a staff member of the organisation.

Pam Nyam, the zonal director of the centre, has notified the police of the incident and requested urgent action to rescue all the abducted passengers.