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    Gunmen Reportedly Abduct Benue Information Commissioner, Matthew Abo

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    The Benue State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Matthew Abo, has been abducted by unknown gunmen in Zaki Biam, Ukum Local Government Area of the state.

    A former Special Adviser on Media and ICT to the immediate past governor of the state, Mr. Tahav Agerzua, broke the news of the alleged kidnap on his facebook page on Sunday night.

    He disclosed that the newly inaugurated commissioner was taken away by armed men who stormed his private residence at about 8pm Sunday.

    Mr. Agerzua, in the post, disclosed that the armed men besieged the home of the commissioner on motorbikes and took him away at gunpoint after ordering his wife children and others, who were with him, to lie faced down.

    Part of the post by Mr. Agerzua read: “There are confirmed reports that several gunmen stormed the residence of Matthew Abo, Benue State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism in Zaki-Biam, and abducted him about two hours ago.

    “Eyewitnesses state that the kidnappers came on four motorcycles, ordered everyone in the house, including the commissioner’s wife and children, to lie face down and took him away to an unknown destination on one of the motorcycles.

    “The witnesses said the abductors compelled the commissioner at gunpoint to sit behind the rider of one of the motorcycles, while a gunman sandwiched him.

    “The abduction took place after 8p.m. on Sunday, 24th September, 2023. The matter has been reported to the police.”

    Recall that the abducted commissioner was sworn in as a member of the Benue State Executive Council on August 29, 2023 and he hails from Ukum Council.

    Ukum is in the Sankera axis of the state, which is made up of Ukum, Logo and Katsina-Ala local governments.

    That part of the state has remained the epicentre of attacks, killings and kidnappings by unknown gunmen, whose activities have gradually taken firm root in that axis despite the presence of security personnel.

    Efforts to get the reaction of the Police Public Relations Officer, Superintendent Catherine Anene, were unsuccessful.

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    Escaped Hyena in Jos, Nigeria Successfully Captured by Local Tourism Board After Drone and Ranger Search

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    Escaped Hyena in Jos, Nigeria Successfully Captured by Local Tourism Board After Drone and Ranger Search

    A hyena that was loose in the central Nigerian city of Jos has been successfully captured, the local tourism board has reported.

    According to Akonitv, drones and rangers searched for the animal after it escaped from the Jos Wildlife Park, causing panic among residents in the area. The hyena had “finally been found, tranquilised, captured and returned to its enclosure”, the tourism board said in a statement.

    It is unclear how the hyena escaped but, according to the tourist board, it had been inside a cage. Many people in Jos were scared, despite assurances from wildlife experts that the chances of the hyena attacking were slim.

    “Hyenas are very fearful of humans – the animal is more likely to run away than attack,” said Abba Gandu, who is based at Kano Zoo in the north of the country, and has worked with lions and hyenas for 50 years.

    “It normally excretes when scared and I foresee that happening when people finally get to it.”
    Wildlife escapes are not new in Nigeria. In 2015, a four-year-old lion was shot dead after it had escaped from the same park.

    At the time, police said the lion was hostile during attempts to return it to its enclosure and was put down before it could harm anyone.

    In nearby Kano state in 2019, a lion also escaped while rangers were trying to return it to a cage after attending a national agricultural show. It was later found after hours of searching.

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    Hyena Escapes From Jos Wildlife Park

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    Hyena Escapes From Jos Wildlife Park

    The management of Plateau State Tourism Corporation has confirmed the escape of a Hyena from the Jos Wildlife Park.

    A statement signed by the General Manager of the Corporation, Mr Chuwang Pwajok reads that” We would like to inform the general public that the Hyena which recently escaped from its cage at the Jos Wildlife Park is currently being tracked by our dedicated team of game guards and Park Rangers with the assistance of drone technology.”

    He assured the public that the corporation are taking all necessary measures to locate the escaped animal and ensure its safe return to its enclosure soonest.”

    “We kindly request the public to remain calm and avoid any approach to the Hyena if sighted,” the statement further reads.

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    FTAN to deliberate on way forward for tourism industry at 27th AGM

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    FTAN to deliberate on way forward for tourism industry at 27th AGM

    The Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN), has announced plans for its 27th Annual General Meeting scheduled for July 30, 2024, in Abuja.

    While briefing the Travel Press during a zoom meeting, Aliyu Badaki, chairman of the planning committee, disclosed that the AGM is non-elective and holds on the theme, ‘The role of the private sector in the development of tourism in Nigeria’.

    He explained that the theme is timely and in line with the happenings in the sector, the economy and the country at large.

    The chairman also revealed that the meeting would feature a panel session with Philda Nani Kereng, High Commissioner of Botswana to Nigeria, as the lead speaker. He expressed confidence that her wealth of experience in tourism would contribute immensely to the renewed hope agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the area of tourism.

    In the face of the economic reality, Badaki said that the AGM would provide another good platform for the government and the private sector to deliberate on challenges and how to drive tourism in Nigeria.

    Dignitaries expected as the event include: Lola Ade-John, Minister of Tourism; Hannatu Musa Musawa, Minister of Culture; John Owan Enoh, Minister of Sports; Folorunsho Coker, director general of NTDA; Nura Kangiwa, director general of NIHOTOUR; Ifeanyi Okeke, director general, SON; ECOWAS Commissioner of Tourism; Board of Trustees, FTAN, and other key stakeholders.

    According to him, with the calibre of panelists and high-powered dignitaries expected to grace the occasion, result-oriented deliberations and impactful networking are underway, as the AGM is the first time after a long while the industry is going to witness such key players coming together to chart a new course for the sector.

    Meanwhile, the AGM will serve as a flagship event for NTIFE, FTAN’s event, which comes up in November 2024.

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