Governor Hyacinth Alia of Benue State has in strong terms condemned the kidnapping of the commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism Mathew Abo and former Chairman of Ukum Local Government Area, Iorwashima Erukaa.
Abo was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in his Sankara home on Sunday, while Erukaa was taken away by yet-to-be-identified gunmen on Saturday, September 23, 2023.
A statement on Monday, by the Chief Press Secretary to the state Governor, Tersoo Kula noted that the kidnappers who took the duo are to yet-to-be-identified locations have made contact with the family of Erukaa but are yet to make contact with Abo's family.
"The Governor who described the act as barbaric, condemnable and unacceptable, has already detailed security agencies to immediately commence operations to ensure the safe release of the duo.
"Alia calls on the people of the state to remain calm, as his administration will do everything to make the state safe for all.