From Scholastica Hir, Makurdi

Benue State Governor, Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia, has directed security agencies in the state to rescue the kidnapped family of the former staff of his predecessor, Mr Terwase Orbunde.

The governor gave the directives when he received a briefing concerning the attack on Mr. Terwase Orbunde, former Chief of Staff to former governor, Samuel Ortom, and the subsequent abduction of his wife and housemaid by unknown gunmen.

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In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Tersoo Kula, Governor Alia urged the security agencies to also ensure that criminal elements disrupting the peace of the state are fished out and brought to justice. He said he was ready and willing to continue to provide the necessary support needed by the security agencies to ensure the state is cleaned from nefarious activities. He condemned, in strong terms, the unfortunate incident.

He said: “I am shocked and dismayed by this barbaric act. I have said this, and I must keep saying it, security should and must be everyone’s concern. The law enforcement agencies and the government need information. Make it a culture that anytime you see something, you say something.”

He pointed out that while insecurity has become a global issue, he will continue working round the clock to secure every life and property in the state. He assured all Benue residents that security is a top priority in his administration, and that matters of insecurity will soon be a thing of the past.