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Kidnappers of Taraba CPS demand N100m ransom

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The abductors of the Chief Press Secretary to Gaovernor Darius Ishaku of Taraba state Alhaji Hassan Mijinyawa have demanded the sum of one hundred million naira for his release.

This was revealed by his Sister in-law, Rabi Baban Yaya, to our correspondent through a telephone conversation Thursday.

She said, the  kidnappers called the CPS’ wife this morning at about 8am and demanded  the said amount for them to release him.

Rabi told our Correspondent that the kidnappers said Mijinyawa was in good condition.

It would be recalled  that the CPS to Governor Ishaku was kidnapped on Tuesday alongside two others including a foreigner on his way to Gembu, Sardauna local government area of the state to meet the Governor for an official assignment.

Alhaji Yusuf Garba, one of those who narrowly escaped the kidnappers, said apart from the CPS and other government official, a foreigner whom he said was on his way to one of the Internally Displaced Persons camp, was also kidnapped.

Garba, who narrated how the kidnappers took over the highway for several hours, said the CPS and the other victims after been dispossessed of their belongings were led away into the forest by the abductors.

The Commissioner of Police in Taraba, David Akinremi, confirmed the incident. He, however, said that police had deployed some officers in the area to commence search for the victims.

It would be recalled that in September, 2018, three Police officers and two vigilante personnel were killed by unknown gunmen, following a distress call at a location in Bujum Kasuwa, Lau LGA on September 06, 2018, at about 1430hrs, a team of five policemen led by a Divisional Crime Officer, DCO, ASP Kilobas Iliya accompanied by three vigilantes men were drafted to the area.

While on their way, they were attacked by suspected herdsmen and consequently, ASP Kilobas Iliya with two others and two vigilantes were killed, while others escaped.

“Two arms, one AK47 rifle, and one service pistol were carted away by the attackers”, command spokesperson, ASP David Misal in the state had said after the incident.

While a former local government chairman Nelson Banka was quoted as saying, “Security agencies are also handicapped, and as it stands we have left everything in the hand of God. We will no longer be blaming the security personnel or the government anymore because our fate is in the hand of God.”

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