Gunmen on Sunday night, abducted the Benue State Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism, Matthew Abo.
Abo according to eyewitnesses was abducted from his residence at his hometown in Zaki-Biam community of Ukum Local Government Area of the state.
The eyewitnesses disclosed that the gunmen who abducted the commissioner rode on four motorcycles to his house in Zaki-Biam.
A former media aide to ex-governors of the state, Tahav Agerzua, while giving an account of the incident, said that when the gunmen arrived at the information commissioner’s residence, they ordered everyone, including his wife and children to lie face down, after which they took him away to an unknown destination on one of the motorcycles.
He added that the abductors compelled the commissioner at gunpoint to sit behind the rider of one of the motorcycles while a gunman sandwiched him.
Tnr Chief Press Secretary to the state Governor, Hyacinth Alia, Kula Tersoo, confirmed the incident, saying, “Unfortunately, he (commissioner) was kidnapped in his country home in Ukum LGA, around 8 pm on, Sunday, September 24, 2023.
“He was in his home with his family, children and his people when the armed men came in. They forced him to a bike.
“We received the unfortunate development and His Excellency, Governor Hyacinth Alia has already directed and detailed the security operatives to ensure his safe release from the kidnapper’s den.”
- Kazeem Badmus
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