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JUST IN: Gunmen abduct Benue commissioner for Information barely a month after assuming office

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Some unknown gunmen have abducted Benue State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Matthew Abo barely a month after assuming office.

The incident occurred on Sunday night at about 10 pm when the armed men invaded the Commissioner’s residence in Zaki-Biam, headquarters of Ukum Local Government Area of the state.

A former Special Adviser on Media and ICT to the immediate past Governor of the state, Mr. Tahav Agerzua who broke the news on his Facebook page on Sunday night. 

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Part of the post by Mr. Agerzua reads: “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 gunpoint to sit behind the rider of one of the motorcycles while a gunman sandwiched him.

“The abduction took place after 8 pm on Sunday, 24th September, 2023. The matter has been reported to the police.”

The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Hyacinth Alia, Sir Tersoo Kula confirmed the unfortunate incident on Monday.

When contacted by our correspondent, the CPS simply said, “Unfortunately, that is the news. Commissioner for Information, culture & Tourism, Mr. Matthew Abo from Ukum LGA was kidnapped.”

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 LGA.

Ukum is in the Sankera axis of the state which is made up of Ukum, Logo and Katsina-Ala LGAs. 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.

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