The abductors of Benue State Commissioner of Housing and Urban Development, Ekpe Ogbu, have reached out to his household and demanded N5 million ransom.
A household supply instructed Punch that the abductors have been in a position to contact the household of the Commissioner by means of the telephone of his driver.
“Yes, the Kidnappers have contacted the family of the commissioner through the driver’s phone and demanded N5 million,” stated a member of the family who did not want to be talked about as a result of he was not authorised to do so.
The Commissioner, his driver, one of his aides, and one different have been kidnapped on Sunday at Adankari village alongside Otukpo/Ado street.
Meanwhile, 4 groups of policemen have been deployed to the space in an effort to rescue the 4 individuals.
According to a police supply, two groups from divisional police in Otukpo, males of Operation Zenda and Safe freeway have been stated to have been deployed.
“The command has intensified efforts in rescuing the kidnap victims with the deployment of two teams of our divisional police in Otukpo.
“Also, men of Operation Zenda and Safe highway have all been deployed to the area,” the police supply stated.
Earlier, the State Command Public Relations Officer, Catherine Anene, defined that the incident occurred at about 6:20 pm in a forest alongside Otukpo/Ado street.
In an announcement issued on Monday, Anene stated law enforcement officials who have been on patrol sighted a car parked by a forest space alongside Adankari village, Otukpo-Ado street.
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“Shortly after the car was recovered, data was obtained that the Benue State Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Ekpe Ogbu, who had travelled to Utonkon for a burial, was touring again with three different individuals by means of the identical route and was no longer reachable. Immediately, police groups have been deployed in search of these victims.
“The Commissioner of Police, Benue State Command, CP Wale Abass, who visited the scene for on-the-spot evaluation, had recognized a new route linking the forest to the freeway and emplaced satisfactory safety on the street to forestall additional occurrences.
“While interacting with Adankari group members, the CP requested them to volunteer data to the police to help them in the ongoing operation.