Benue State Governor, Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia, has condemned the abduction of the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Matthew Abo, and former Chairman of Ukum Local Government Area, Mr Iorwashina Eurkaa, by unknown gunmen.
He assured that the state government and security agencies were working to rescue them from the kidnappers’ den.
Abo was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in his Sankara home at about 8 pm on Sunday while Erukaa was abducted on Saturday.
The kidnappers, who took the duo to yet-to-be-identified locations, have made contact with the family of Erukaa but are yet to contact Abo’s family.
In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Sir Tersoo Kula, the governor described the act as barbaric, condemnable and unacceptable.
Kula said the governor has already detailed security agencies to immediately commence operations to ensure the safe release of the duo.
The statement further said the governor also called on the people of the state to remain calm, as his administration will do everything to make the state safe for all.