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General News of Friday, 20 January 2023


Gunmen kidnap Taraba monarch, wives, childre

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Heavily armed men suspected to be kidnappers have again kidnapped a traditional ruler in Taraba State.

The traditional ruler, Sani Suleiman Duna, was kidnapped around 1 am on Friday alongside his two wives and six children.

The gunmen were said to have taken over the monarch’s palace after they had successfully scared the community’s residents with sporadic gunshots.

A palace guard, who craved anonymity, confirmed the incident to our correspondent.

Aligning his weight to that of the palace guard, a resident of the community who gave his name as Usmanu said, “our sleep was disrupted by the gunshots that were being fired in the air by the hoodlums who invaded our community.”

He also pleaded with both the state and federal governments to fashion out ways that would permanently put to rest the security situation bedevilling the local government and the state at large.

At the time of filing this report, the kidnappers had not reached out to the family to demand ransom.

Also confirming the abduction of the monarch and his family members, the state command Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Usman Abdullahi, said, “the traditional ruler and his two wives as well as his six children, were all abducted this morning in Mutum-Biyu by unknown gunmen.”

The command, he vowed, would leave no stone unturned in rescuing the monarch and his entire family members that were kidnapped.