Apartments allegedly occupied by kidnappers at BIPC Quarters, Nyiman Layout, Makurdi, have been demolished by the Benue State Government.

Naija News understands that the demolition was ordered by the State Governor, Samuel Ortom.

The directive was given after the governor visited the Nigeria Police Headquarters in Makurdi where the bodies of three kidnappers of the state commissioner’s wife, were paraded.

In line with provisions of the Benue State Law on Prohibition of Abduction, Hostage-taking/kidnapping, Cultism and similar activities, Ortom on Monday ordered the pulling down of the apartment by a pay-loader.

In an interview with journalists, Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters retired Colonel Paul Hemba said 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 in addition to the three who were killed in an exchange of gunfire with men of ‘Operation Zenda’, the special anti-crime unit of the Benue State Police Command.

The Security Adviser admonished house owners in the state to do proper checks on would-be tenants before giving them access to their apartments to avoid a repeat of the ugly incident, stressing that the land where the house was demolished would also be revoked in compliance with the law.

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