Governor Samuel Ortom has visited Gbatse, Ushongo Local Government area where kidnappers have buried their victims in shallow graves around Ushongo hills.
Governor Ortom who was accompanied by the Commissioner of police assured that the state security council would do everything necessary to ensure that kidnapping and other crimes were kicked out of the state.
He stated that from the briefings he got seven people have been arrested in connection with the crime while four are still at large, stressing that they would be fish out where ever they are hiding to face justice.
The Governor maintained that eleven corpses have been exhumed with six of them identified and handed over to their relatives for burial while the search was ongoing for the relatives of the remaining five.
Governor Ortom said based on the confessions extracted from the arrested kidnappers, the police, DSS and Civil Defence would put in more efforts to discover more shallow graves.
He thanked security agencies and everyone involved in making sure that the kidnappers were arrested to put an end to their activities and expressed hope that such would be replicated in other local governments where there are reported cases of kidnappings.
The Benue State Commissioner of Police, Mr Mukadas said the kidnappers were busted following intelligence gathering and surveillance, noting that investigations were ongoing and the culprits would be punished.
Meanwhile, two relatives of some of the victims whose bodies were exhumed, Mr Moses Akuhashima and Mr Julius Ayangealu confirmed that their brothers have been handed over to them and have since been buried.
They, however, appealed to the State government to give financial assistance to the families of the victims who they said had borrowed money from local bans to purchase motorcycles for business before their kidnapped.