The Governor of Benue State, Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia, has spoken out against the kidnapping of Mr. Matthew Abo, Commissioner for Information, Culture, and Tourism, and Mr. Iorwashina Eurkaa, former Chairman of Ukum Local Government Area.
They were being rescued from the kidnappers’ lair, he said, and the state administration and security services were on the case.
Abo was taken from his home in Sankara at around 8 p.m. on a Sunday night, while Erukaa was taken the day before.
The kidnappers have contacted Erukaa’s family but have not yet contacted Abo’s. The two have been taken to unnamed locations.
The governor called the attack “barbaric, condemnable, and unacceptable,” according to a statement sent by Chief Press Secretary Sir Tersoo Kula.
Kula said the governor has instructed security personnel to begin working on a plan to free the two men as soon as possible.
The governor, according to the statement, has urged residents to maintain calm, promising that his administration will do everything possible to ensure the safety of its citizens.