Kidnapped Benue commissioner rescued, no ransom paid

Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia

The kidnapped Benue State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism,  Mathew Abo, regained his freedom on Thursday.

Governor Hyacinth Alia, in a statement on Thursday by his Chief Press Secretary, Kula Tersoo, said the commissioner had reunited with his family.

Abo was abducted on September 24 by gunmen who invaded his house in Zaki-Biam.

“We can confirm that the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism,  Hon. Matthew Abo, has regained freedom. He has since reunited with his family in Sankera, Ukum Local Government where he was abducted.


“No ransom or any other monetary exchanges were involved in securing his release. Rather, his release was as a result of intense pressure on the criminals from the gallant security operatives who were acting on the directives of Gov. Hyacinth Alia, who had earlier given marching orders to them to ensure Mr Abo’s release,” the statement said.

Alia warned criminals operating within the state to leave for good, insisting that they would not be tolerated in any form.

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