Unknown gunmen have invaded Benue State abducting the National Vice President of the apex-Idoma sociocultural organization, Ochetoha K’Idoma, Prof. Sylvernus Edache Okpe on Wednesday.
It was gathered that the incident occurred at about 7 pm, along Otukpo-Otukpa road, on Wednesday.
According to reports, gunmen had ambushed the vehicle of Mr. Okpe while he was returning to his base after attending the National Executive Council Meeting of Ochetoha K’Idoma whisking him away to an unknown destination.
In a statement released by the Senator representing Benue South Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Comrade Abba Patrick Moro, through his media aide, Emmanuel Eche-Ofun John, on Thursday, confirmed the abduction. He also “strongly” condemned the kidnap of Prof. , Sylvernus Edache Okpe.
The Senator called for the immediate release of the elder statesman.
“Senator Moro says the abduction of the erudite Professor is very disheartening and most unfortunate. He decries the rising cases of kidnapping in Benue South, saying that the practice is alien to the Senatorial District. He appeals to the perpertrators of the act to turn a new leaf and stop further desecration of the land.
“The Senator charges security agents to take steps to have the Professor rescued as soon as possible. He appeals to the abductors to release him unconditionally so that he can reunite with his family,” the statement read in part.