In line with provisions of the Benue State Law on Prohibition of Abduction, Hostage-taking/kidnapping, Cultism and similar activities, the Benue State Government has demolished an apartment used by kidnappers at BIPC Quarters, Nyiman Layout, Makurdi.
The demolition followed the directives by Governor Samuel Ortom during a visit to the Nigeria Police Headquarters in Makurdi where the lifeless bodies of three kidnappers killed by security agencies were paraded.
The apartment was pulled down by a pay-loader to serve as deterrent to other Landlords who rent their apartments to tenants without investigating who they are and what they do for a living.
In an interview with journalists after the demolition, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, retired Lt Col. Paul Hemba explained that the action was a faithful implementation of the law as the structure was being used by kidnappers to keep their victims and negotiate for ransom.
He stated that two suspects were arrested in connection with the kidnapping of the Commissioner for Lands and Survey’s wife Mrs Ann Unenge in addition to the three Kidnappers who were killed in an exchange of gun fire with men of ‘Operation Zenda’, the special anti-crime unit of the Benue State Police Command.
The Security Adviser urged landlords to do proper investigation on would-be tenants before giving them access to their apartments to avoid a repeat ugly incident, stressing that the land where the house was demolished would also be revoked in compliance with the law.