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Boy Abducted By ‘Bonta Boys’ In North-central Gets Govt Scholarship

The four-year-old boy was kidnapped alongside 12 others but his release was delayed.

Moses Eje, a four-year-old kidnap victim has been offered a scholarship from nursery to university level by the Benue State Government in North-Central Nigeria.

The minor was kidnapped alongside 12 others  during a recent attack by Bonta boys on the Ochoro community in Gwer Local Government Area of the state where a traditional ruler was killed and over 50 houses razed.

The 12 persons regained freedom a few days after the attack, leaving Moses behind. He was released on Monday, Aug. 9 after Samuel Orton, the state governor, gave a marching order to the stakeholders in the Konshisha Local Government Area which reportedly houses the  Bonta boys.

Receiving the boy, Governor Ortom described Moses as a miracle child having passed through lions’ den unhurt, offering a scholarship to him.

Denis Ityavyer, the state’s Commissioner for Education, confirmed in a statement that  “the scholarship takes effect from this moment.”

Andyson Ijih Egbodo, Moses’s uncle, spoke on behalf of the family, commending the governor for the pragmatic response to insecurity in warring communities.

“It is a good thing that Moses has become the peacemaker, his release is an indication that the Bonta boys are ready to make peace with the Igede communities,” Egbodo said.

“I believe the crisis between the Bonta community in Konshisha Local Government Area and Ukpute, Ochoro in Oju Local Government has ended and the two communities are ready to embrace lasting peace.”

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