Rescue kidnapped Orbunde’s wife, house-help, Alia orders security agencies 

Benue state governor, Hyacinth Alia, Sunday, directed security agencies in the state to rescue wife and house help of former chief of staff, Mr. Terwase Orbunde.

He also urged security agencies to ensure criminal elements disrupting the peace of the state are fished out and brought to justice, noting that he is ready and willing to continue to provide the necessary support needed by the security agencies to ensure the state is clean from nefarious activities.

The governor gave the directives in reaction to the attack on Mr. Terwase Orbunde, former Chief of Staff  to former Governor Samuel Ortom, and the subsequent abduction of his wife and housemaid by yet to be identified gunmen.

Terwase Orbunde was attacked by gunmen he identified as armed Fulani herdsmen, Friday. The gunmen also abducted his wife and house-help.

The gunmen according to Orbunde, who is being treated for gunshot injuries in a hospital in Makurdi, are demanding N100 million for the release of his wife and cook.

He said the abductors spoke to him about 8:30 am Saturday themselves and through the captives.

The former chief of staff said his wife and cook were very calm when they spoke with him.
He added that during the attack which took place about 6pm Friday, the gunmen spoke Fulani among themselves and communicated with him in Hausa with a promise to contact him on phone.

The former chief of staff said the kidnappers told him that he should be prepared to send money to them and that if he fails to do so, they would kill his wife and cook.

But the governor in a press statement signed by his chief press secretary, Tersoo Kula, condemned in strong terms, and described as unfortunate the attack on Orbunde and abduction of his family saying, “I am shocked and dismayed by this barbaric act.”