Benue Govt appeals to IGP, DSS to rescue missing Vanguard reporter, 3 kidnapped students
The Benue State Government has appealed to the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Usman Alkali Baba and the Department of State Services, DSS to take steps in ensuring the missing journalist, reporting for Vanguard newspaper, Mr. Tordue Henry Salem and three students of the state who were kidnapped in Zamfara state recently.
The journalist who is an indigene of Benue State was declared missing last after his whereabouts could not be ascertained.
The state government made the appeal on Friday in a statement issued by the state’s Supervising Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism, Chief Ogbu Dennis Ekpe.
According to the statement, the state government expressed worry over the fate of the journalist and the kidnapped students identified as Kondo Immaculate Sedoo, Terlumun Yiye and Miss Jennifer Iorliam Awashima.
The statement reads in part;
“The Government appeals to security agencies to do everything possible to uncover the whereabouts of the reporter, but that if by chance the young man is being held by any of them for whatever reason, they should release him or in the alternative, charge him to court if he has committed any crime known to the law.
“The State Government further appeals to the Inspector General of Police and the Director General of the Department of State Service (DSS) to build on their synergy and rescue the journalist and the young Nigerians so that they can return to their families.
“The Benue State Government maintains that it is committed to the safety of all her indigenes at home and in the diaspora and will not rest on its oars until Salem and the young students are rescued from the hands of their abductors”.