Unknown gunmen stormed the palace of Chief Michael Oche, the clan head of Ikpomilokpo in Gege ward, Ado Local Government Area, Benue State, killing his son and kidnapping his daughter.

The gunmen stormed the community around 2 a.m. on Monday, November 14, and went straight to the clan head’s residence, firing warning shots.

It was rumored that after forcing their way into the clan head’s premises, they forcibly entered the house and met his son.

The incident was confirmed by the chairman of the local government, James Oche, who stated that he received a distress call from the area in the early hours of Monday.

“I was told that some gunmen entered the home of the clan head of Ipomoloko through the fence around 2:00 a.m. (Monday) and asked the son for his wife.” ‘I was told that the young man told them he didn’t know where his mother was and that they shot him dead before taking his sister, Rose, away,’ the chairman said.

“I immediately alerted troops of Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS), but before they could arrive, the gunmen had fled to Atiga forest around Okpokwu LGA,” Oche said, adding that troops were still on the trail of the gunmen at the time of this report.”

In a statement later posted on Facebook, the council boss identified the deceased son of the traditional ruler as Thompson and the abducted daughter as Rose.

“I write with indescribable grief to condole with the family of Chief Michael Oche, Clan Head of Ikpomilokpo Clan of Ogege Ward of Ado Local Government, over the attack on his Palace that occurred in the early hours of today,” the statement said.

“It is unfortunate that the tragic incident resulted in the death of his son, Mr. Thompson Oche, and the kidnapping of his daughter, Rose Oche. This is a heinous, inhumane, and barbaric act, and I condemn it completely.”

The council boss also assured that the Local Government Council is working tirelessly with security agencies, the state government, and relevant stakeholders to ensure the safe release and return of the kidnapped Rose Oche within a short period of time.