Mr. Matthew Abo, the Benue State Commissioner for Information, Culture, and Tourism, who was abducted over a week ago, has been released.
The confirmation of his release was made in a statement by Tersoo Kula, the Chief Press Secretary to the Benue State Governor. Abo has now reunited with his family in Sankera, Ukum Local Government, where the abduction occurred.
The commissioner’s freedom was achieved without any ransom or financial exchange, according to the Chief Press Secretary. It’s worth noting that Washima Erukaa, the former Chairman of Ukum LGA, and his cousin, who had discreetly negotiated with the kidnappers and were also abducted, remain in the captors’ custody.
Governor Hyacinth Alia issued a stern warning to criminals, emphasizing zero tolerance for criminal activities. He commended the security personnel for their efforts and urged them to continue their work to secure the release of the remaining hostages. The governor instructed the security forces to take rigorous action against criminals to prevent their activities within the state.
Matthew Abo was kidnapped by armed individuals in his Sankara residence at approximately 8 pm on September 24, 2023.
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