In Zaki Biam, Ukum Local Government Area of the state, unidentified gunmen have kidnapped Mr. Matthew Abo, the Benue State Commissioner for Information, Culture, and Tourism.
On Sunday night, Mr. Tahav Agerzua, a former special adviser on media and ICT to the state’s most recent governor, announced the purported kidnapping on his facebook page.
He revealed that at around 8 o’clock on Sunday night, armed men invaded his home and kidnapped the newly-installed commissioner.
Mr. Agerzua, in the post, disclosed that the armed men besieged the home of the commissioner on motorbikes and took him away at gunpoint after ordering his wife children and others, who were with him, to lie faced down.
Part of the post by Mr. Agerzua read: “There are confirmed reports that several gunmen stormed the residence of Matthew Abo, Benue State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism in Zaki-Biam, and abducted him about two hours ago.
“Eyewitnesses state that 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 witnesses said the abductors compelled the commissioner at gunpoint to sit behind the rider of one of the motorcycles, while a gunman sandwiched him.
“The abduction took place after 8p.m. on Sunday, 24th September, 2023. The matter has been reported to the police.”
Recall that the abducted commissioner was sworn in as a member of the Benue State Executive Council on August 29, 2023 and he hails from Ukum Council.
Ukum is in the Sankera axis of the state, which is made up of Ukum, Logo and Katsina-Ala local governments.
That part of the state has remained the epicentre of attacks, killings and kidnappings by unknown gunmen, whose activities have gradually taken firm root in that axis despite the presence of security personnel.
Efforts to get the reaction of the Police Public Relations Officer, Superintendent Catherine Anene, were unsuccessful.