Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has condemned, in strong terms, the reported kidnap of the chairman of Takum local government council, Hon Boyi Manga, in Taraba State.
Hon Manga was said to have been ambushed and kidnapped on Sunday, May 7th, 2023 between Kofo Amadu and Chanchangi area on the border between Benue and Taraba.
His police orderly was reportedly shot and killed in the process by the kidnappers.
Governor Ortom, in a reaction for umpteenth time, decried the insecurity on the border between the two neighbouring states.
Ortom’s reaction was contained in a statement by Nathaniel Ikyur, his
chief press secretary.
According to the statement, “Gov Ortom has therefore directed that security operatives be posted to the area to step up their surveillance in order to rescue the council chairman unhurt.
“The governor also directed the chairmen of Katsina-Ala and Ukum local government councils, traditional rulers from the two local government areas, to immediately liaise with their counterparts from Taraba State to monitor the situation closely to prevent any breakdown of law and order.”
Ortom in the release urged ‘the citizens to be security conscious and report any suspect to security agents’.