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Gunmen kidnap commissioner in Benue

Gunmen on Sunday, 24th September abducted the Benue State Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism, Matthew Abo.

According to The Punch, they invaded the commissioner’s country home in Zaki Biam, Ukum Local Government Area of the state around 8:00 pm.

It was gathered that the commissioner was at home with his family members when the gunmen came on four motorcycles and found their way into his living room.

According to an eyewitness; “The kidnappers came on four motorcycles, ordered everyone in the house including the commissioner’s wife and children to lie face down, and took him away to an unknown destination on one of the motorcycles.

“The abductors forced the commissioner to sit behind the rider of one of the motorcycles while a gunman sandwiched him.”

Governor Hyacinth Alia’s Chief Press Secretary, Kula Tersoo, confirmed the abduction of Abo who was among the 17 commissioners sworn in on August 29, 2023.

He said; “Yes he was kidnapped. Unfortunately, he was kidnapped in his country home in Ukum LGA, around 8pm on, Sunday, September 24, 2023.

“He was 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 kidnappers’ den.”