The Benue State Labour Party, LP, has reported that Mr. Nathaniel Ochoche, its chairman, was killed in an ambush by alleged armed herders in Ankpali village, Edikwu District of the state’s Apa Local Government Area.
Ochoche was reportedly one of the four mourners who perished over the weekend in an attack that also left a number of people missing and injured.
The deceased was the party’s Edikwu Ward 2 Chairman in the Apa LGA, according to a statement released by the LP’s state publicity secretary in Makurdi.
The statement read: “It is with rude shock that the Benue State Secretariat of the Labour Party received the news of the murder of its Chairman in Edikwu Ward 2 in Apa council, Nathaniel Ochoche, who was ambushed and killed by armed Fulani militia.
“Until his death, Ochoche was a consummate party man, who worked assiduously hard for the growth of his community, constituency and country both in words and works.
“The Benue State Executive Committee of the Labour Party sends it deepest condolence to the wife, children and the entire family members of the deceased over this terrible and unfortunate incident.
“As a party, with people centred programme, we condemn in its totality the continuous callous acts of armed Fulani militia. We, therefore, call on the federal and state governments, and all relevant authorities and stakeholders to rise up to the occasion of protecting the lives and properties of the people and stop the unwarranted killings by suspected criminal Fulani herdsmen.