Late Fr Ngugban

Gunmen suspected to be loyalists of the late militia leader, Terwase Agwaza alias Gana have allegedly killed Rev. Fr. Ferdinand Ngugban of St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Aye-Tuwar village, Agu Centre in Kastina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State, for refusing to disclose the whereabouts of the Parish Priest. The assailants also six parishioners.

An eyewitness, who spoke to newsmen on condition of anonymity, disclosed that the slain priest was sitting outside the church at about 7:30 am after the morning Mass when the assailants invaded the Church demanding the whereabouts of the Parish Priest. “The refusal of Father Ngugban to disclose the whereabouts of the Parish Priest infuriated the assailants who shot and killed him on the spot”, the witness revealed.

Confirming the development in a text message to the media men, Chairman of the LGA, Mr Alfred Atera, said: “On March 30, 2021, at about 7 am-8 am, unknown gunmen came and burnt a village called Agu Centre in Mbatyula/Mberev Council Ward in Katsina-Ala and killed Rev. Fr. Ngugban and three others named Mfave Tumqachihi, Mbangohor Tsebo and Orlukaa Ulu.”

Meanwhile, the Benue State Police Public Relations Officer, Catherine Anene, who confirmed the incident, said Fr Ngugban’s corpse has been deposited at the General Hospital, Katsina-Ala. The PPRO said: “A joint operation of police and other security agencies are on the trail of the hoodlums.”