In an effort to locate the kidnapped Hon. Mathew Abo, the Benue State Commissioner for Information, Culture, and Tourism, a military operation, Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS) is underway.
According to pressmen, Hon Abo was taken hostage last Sunday by gunmen who barged into his home in Zaki Biam, Ukum Local Government Area, Benue State.
His captors had made contact with the family, according to a family member, and wanted an N60 million ransom.
To secure Hon Abo’s release from the kidnappers’ den, MAD got info that a thorough search is underway.
It was learned that Operation Whirl Stroke OPWS soldiers were in control of the situation, working with the leaders of other sister security agencies.
Speaking on the development, a source said, “Officers and men of OPWS and other security agencies have been charged to work assiduously towards ensuring that they rescue the kidnapped Commissioner from the hands of his abductors.”
The source further said, “Heads of other security agencies in concert with the Force Commander, OPWS, Major General Sunday Igbinowanhia have vowed that they would not rest on their oars until the Hon Aboh regains his freedom.”
The military commander of the operation stated that the military doesn’t negotiate ransoms, and they are going to fish out the abductors.
He said, “Our men are already combing the surrounding area and forests and in no distant future, you will hear good news.
“We are doing everything in conjunction with other security agencies in the Joint Operations Area to rescue the Hon Aboh.”