Assembly Majority Leader Released by Kidnappers
Majority Leader of the Benue State House of Assembly, have Released him less than 24 hours after he was kidnapped. Biam represents Sankera State constituency under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The police at Zaki-Biam who were deployed to the scene of the incident have reportedly acted on tip-off and ensured the release of the lawmaker barely 24 hours after he was kidnapped. The incident occurred on Sunday night when gunmen, operating under the code name Gyenev youths, reportedly invaded the residence of the caretaker committee chairman of Ukum Local Government Area, Mr. Terfa Bossua, who was said to be having a meeting with the Majority Leader and other stakeholders at Ankya village in Zaki-Biam town.
It would be recalled that some hired assassins had, in July, 2012 shot the younger brother to the Majority leader, Mr. Felix Orngu Biam, who is a graduate of the Benue State University Makurdi, when the gunmen attacked the lawmaker’s home.
The Majority Leader was allegedly fingered for masterminding the political fracas that engulfed the ruling PDP in Ukum Local Government Area, his home town, the development it was learnt caused the caretaker chairman of the council to call for a peace meeting.
An eye witness who craved anonymity told our reporter that the hoodlums, numbering 30, had pursued the Majority Leader three kilometers away from Zaki-Biam town, when he was on his way to attend the meeting and that they shot sporadically into the air.
It was further gathered that after the lawmaker had spotted the gunmen, he quickly took another route and found himself at the residence of the council chairman, venue of the stakeholders meeting. But the fierce looking youths reportedly stormed the venue when the meeting was on and disrupted it kidnapping the lawmaker. The hoodlums also smashed a hilux van and another vehicle belonging to the state commissioner for works and transport, Mr. Benjamin Ashaver and the chief of staff to the governor, Prof. Saint Gbilekaa, respectively.
The Majority Leader, Mr. Paul Biam who briefed newsmen yesterday, in Makurdi, after he was rescued from the gunmen confirmed that the incident happened and said it was the handiwork of his political opponents who, he said wanted to assassinate him.
“30 youths with dangerous weapons disrupted the meeting and the commissioner’s car was smashed. Some gunmen also attempted to assassinate my life but the plot failed. This is a systematic build up by my political opponents, ahead of 2015,” Biam said.
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