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Gov Ortom offers N5m reward for whereabouts of kidnapped cleric

By  Peter Duru

MAKURDI—Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has offered a N5 million reward to anyone with information on the whereabouts of the Rev. Fr. John Adeyi, the kidnapped Vicar General of Otukpo Catholic Diocese.


Father Adeyi was four weeks ago kidnapped in Okpokwu local government area of the state,  by unknown armed men while on his way to Otukpo after an official assignment.

The Governor said in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and ICT, Mr. Tahav Agerzua, that it was regrettable that one month after the unfortunate incident, security agents were yet to rescue the priest or apprehend his abductors.

He solicited sustained prayers for the release of the priest even as he appealed to members of the public to assist with information about his where about.

He said, “Any person or group who offers such information would receive a reward of N5million from the state government. So my plea is that we all take the rescue of Father Adeyi as a personal project because his continued abduction has become a source of worry for the government and people of the state.”

Ortom also assured the Christian community that the government and entire people of the state were in solidarity with them on the matter regretting that security agents had acted on several information and combed several places without positive results, hence the government’s resort to the offer.

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