<<< By Terver Akase >>>
Benue state Governor, Samuel Ortom, yesterday assured the Catholic Diocese of Otukpo that the State Government has intensified efforts to secure the release of the Vicar General of the Diocese, Reverend Father John Adeyi, who was kidnapped recently.
Governor Ortom who gave the assurance when he paid a solidarity visit to the Bishop of Otukpo Diocese, Most Reverend Dr. Michael Apochi, said the State Security Council had met and directed that everything lawful should be done to ensure that Reverend Father Adeyi regains freedom.
He expressed worry that after two weeks of the priest’s abduction, he is yet to be freed, describing the situation as unfortunate and condemnable.
Governor Ortom who was accompanied by his Deputy, Engineer Benson Abounu, said they were at the Bishop’s house to identify with him and the Catholic Diocese of Otukpo and to reassure them that the State Government will not relent in its efforts to ensure the unconditional release of the Vicar General.
He stressed the commitment of his administration to the security of lives and property, disclosing that part of the measures taken was the introduction of the anti-kidnapping law which will soon be enacted in the state, adding that he had intensified talks with the Federal Government towards ending frequent attacks and killing of people by herdsmen in the state.
Responding, the Bishop of Otukpo Diocese, Most Reverend Dr. Michael Apochi, thanked Governor Ortom for the visit and his prompt action to have Reverend Father Adeyi released by his abductors. He said the Church will continue to pray for the safe return of the Vicar General.