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Former Governor’s Residence Set Ablaze in Arson Attack

Former Benue State Governor Aper Aku’s residence was set ablaze in a suspected arson attack on Monday morning. No one was hurt, but the building was completely razed.

A daughter of the late governor, Deborah Aku reported a group of young men entering the upscale Gboko residence around 7:00 a.m. They forced their way in and started destroying things in the compound. They “killed our dog, broke into the pig house and carted away with all the pigs. They also destroyed our mother’s car,” Deborah said.

The arsonists started a fire with the intention to kill the six persons who locked themselves inside to avoid being attacked. But the police arrived promptly and managed to rescue the occupants amidst attacks by the hoodlums.

“While we were on our way with the police, the house was burned with everything inside. The police came in two trucks but the boys were many and even attacked them too,” Deborah told Daily Trust.

The motive behind the attack is unclear, but Deborah thinks it is likely to be a personal vendetta from a man who claimed that his goat died after drinking water from their house.

Ezinwanne Onwuka reports for TruthNigeria from Abuja.

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