Not less than 22 children within the ages of four and seven have been abducted in various parts of the state in the last two months.
This was even as the state governor, Samuel Ortom promised that the government would collaborate with security agencies to tackle the rising spate of kidnapping in the state.
Addressing newsmen in Makurdi, the state capital yesterday, mothers of the kidnapped children recounted the different stories of how their children went missing without any trace.
One of them, Mrs. Ngodoo Amiaser, 30 and a mother of three, said her 4-year-old son, Tersoo Paul Amiaser, who was a pupil of Joel Model school, Gboko road, Makurdi went missing since August 29, this year.
Ngodoo a tader at Wurukum market said the young boy who had accompanied her to the market on that fateful day had gone to play somewhere within the market but failed to return.
She further said, “My son went to play close by within the market. He left my shop about 4pm but by 5pm when he would usually come back I didn’t see him. So, I went looking for him and in the process, a young girl said she saw my son with a woman whom she could not identify and asked where he was going but the woman told the girl she was my sister and that I had asked her to go and buy Bobo juice for my son.”
Her story is not different from that of Mrs Wandoo Hemkya, Mrs Charity Otumala and Doosuur Aer as their children were taken away by unidentified persons at different locations in the state.
While speaking, Hemkya broke down and wept profusely, saying she left her son, Saaondo with her sister to attend a burial programme in the village but on getting back, she was told that somebody who introduced himself as an ‘uncle’ took him away, claiming that he was going to buy Bobo for him.
Otumala and Doosuur who live within the same neighbourhood in Wadata area of Makurdi also lost their sons same day after an unidentified person picked them away from where they were playing.
The women whose husbands are mostly commercial bus drivers said they had reported the matter to the police and appealed to members of the public to among other things pray along with them and as well give information to the police to enable them find the children.
Meanwhile, Members of the House of Representatives yesterday began deliberations on strategies to curb the gale of in the country, especially in the South-south and South eastern parts of the country.
Speaker of House of representative, Yakubu Dagora, called the attention of the members on the motion raised by a member representing Aguata federal constituency in Anambra state, Honurable Eucharia Azodo Okwunna on the increasing cases of kidnapping in that part of the country.
Okwunna cited the kidnapping of Sir James Uzochukwu Uduji, Chief Executive officer, Conel Star Cabel and Wire as one of the most recent cases which exposes the level of insecurity in the country.
According to the Okwunna, Uduji was kidnapped on September this year and the Kidnappers demanded a one million dollar ransom as condition for his release, lamenting that even when the family gave them one million naira, they are yet to release him.
“We also learnt that the police and the Department for State Security, DSS, were alerted immediately the man was kidnapped, yet there is no positive outcome of whatever investigation they might have conducted. Till now there is no meaningful information on how to secure his release”, she stated.

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