Lawmaker condemns kidnapping, killing of innocent citizens in Benue

Lawmaker condemns kidnapping, killing of innocent citizens in Benue

- A House of Representatives member representing Ado/Okpokwu/Ogbadibo of Benue state has condemned the attack on some Catholic nuns in Benue state

- Francis Agbo described the attack and evil and barbaric

- He also called on youths in the area to shun criminality and drugs while assuring that the perpetrators will be brought to justice

The lawmaker representing Ado/Okpokwu/Ogbadibo of Benue state at the House of Representatives, Francis Agbo, condemned the rising spate of kidnapping and killing in the state.

Agbo reacting to the kidnap and killing some Catholic reverend sisters and Benue residents by some unknown gunmen in the Okwungaga convent, in Okpokwu local government area described the incident as barbaric and unfortunate

A statement signed by Agbo on Wednesday, August 14, also urged the youths of the area to steer clear from crimes and criminal activities.

Agbo who is also the spokesperson of the minority caucus and chairman of the House committee on drugs and narcotics said the combined operatives of the various security agencies and local vigilante groups in the constituency would be given adequate support to clampdown on those in the business of inflicting pains on innocent citizens.

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“It is very unfortunate that, the stories we hear from afar are now staring at us in our locality every day. This is strange and barbaric!" Agbo said.

He also said that those behind the crimes should desist forthwith or have the security agencies and the local vigilante to contend with.

"We are poised to giving them all the necessary supports to make our constituency crime free," Agbo added.

While commending the Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, and his deputy, Benson Abounu, for being proactive and for effectively managing the crisis in Okpokwu, Agbo called on the security operatives to intensify efforts at rescuing the abducted innocent citizens and the stolen bus.

He also prayed for the eternal repose of the souls of those killed.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that some unknown gunmen attacked Catholic Reverend Sisters at the Okwungaga convent, in Okpokwu local government area and snatched an 18-seater Toyota bus branded ‘Sisters of Nativity’.

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It was gathered that the gunmen killed one person, injured many and abducted an infant in the operation.

Later at night same Tuesday, August 13, a group of armed men also abducted a young lady, Miss Mercy Anoyi Gabriel at the front of her shop in Ankpa junction, Obu Otukpa, Ogbadibo Local government area.

The assailants escaped through Ankpa road in Kogi state.

Gabriel, a successful business entrepreneur, had just rounded off her one year mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) last month in Kogi state.

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