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Kidnapped Benue commissioner regains freedom

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The abducted Benue State Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism,  Mr. Matthew Abo regained his freedom in the early hours of Thursday.

Abo, who was abducted by gunmen who invaded his house in Zaki-Biam in Ukum Local Government Area (LGA) of the state on Sunday, was said to have reunited with his family at about 1:00am.

The spokesperson for the state police command, Superintendent Catherine Anene could not be reached as of the time of filing this report.

A former Special Adviser on Media and ICT to the immediate past governor of the state, Mr. Tahav Agerzua, broke the news of the alleged kidnap on his facebook page on Sunday night.

He disclosed that the newly inaugurated commissioner was taken away by armed men who stormed his private residence at about 8 pm Sunday.

Agerzua said that the armed men besieged the home of the commissioner on motorbikes and took him away at gunpoint after ordering his wife children and others, who were with him, to lie faced down.

Abo was sworn in as a member of the state Executive Council on 29th August, 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 local governments.

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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