Benue security council directs immediate rescue of kidnapped priest

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Samuel Ortom, Benue State governor

Samuel Ortom, Benue State governor

WORRIED by the two weeks that the Vicar General  of Otukpo Catholic Diocese, Reverend Father John Adeyi has spent with his abductors, Benue  State Security Council has directed security agencies to immediately rescue him.
The Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom who spoke to newsmen  at the end of the council’s meeting on Friday,  said security agencies  had tried to secure Father Adeyi’s release.
Ortom said  the council expressed concern over frequent cases of abduction  in recent times and  observed that Adeyi’s case had become a challenge because he has not been released.
“We are worried because the abductors have not released him;  if a man of God can be kidnapped, it means nobody is safe,” he emphasised.
Fr Adeyi, a Vicar-General of the Catholic Diocese of Otukpo was kidnapped penultimate Sunday along Otukpo-Enugu road around 2pm and ever since he is yet to be released.
It will be recalled that the abductors of the priest had earlier opened contact with his relatives and demanded N10 million ransom which was later reduced to N2 million.
It was gathered that the kidnappers, despite receiving the N2m failed to release the priest as promised while all the contact lines have been switched off since then.
Thus, Idoma sociocultural group, Opiatoha K’Idoma has expressed loss of confidence in the Commissioner of Police, Benue State, Mr  Paul Yakadi, over his command’s ability to rescue or give a clue about the whereabouts of Rev Fr. John Adeyi.

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