- Gunmen have abducted Benue state commissioner of information, culture, and tourism, Matthew Abo
- Abo was with his family in Zaki Biam, Ukum local government area of the state when he was abducted by the gunmen who came on motorcycles
- Benue has been one of the states hit hardest by years of disputes between nomadic herders and pastoral farmers
How Benue Commissioner, Abo, was kidnapped
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He wrote on his known Facebook page:
"There are confirmed reports that several gunmen stormed the residence of Matthew Abo, Benue State Commissioner of 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 gun point to sit behind the rider of one of the motorcycles while a gunman sandwitched him."
Legit.ng understands that the matter has been reported to the police.
Catherine Anene, the state police command's spokesperson, is yet to respond to a text message sent to her concerning the incident.
Kula Tersoo, the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Governor Hyacinth Alia, however, confirmed the incident.
Gunmen kill livestock guards’ commander in Benue
Legit.ng earlier reported how Jarule Likita, a commander of the Livestock Guard established to ensure compliance with the anti-open grazing law, was shot dead in Benue.
Witnesses said the death of the Livestock Guards’ commander generated tension in the area.
Ex-Customary court president assassinated
In another related news, Legit.ng also reported that a retired President of the Benue State Customary Court of Appeal, Margaret Igbeta, was assassinated in her home at Wantor Kwange Street in Makurdi metropolis.
Igbeta, 72, was found lifeless in a pool of her blood.