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Traditional ruler fights kidnappers, kills two, injures others in Taraba

Friday, March 16, 2018

The district head of Mayo Selbe in Gashaka local government area of Taraba, Jauro Hammangabdo, has overpowered a group of kidnappers who attempted to abduct him, killing two and injuring about three of them. Hammangabdo confronted the kidnappers who invaded his palace on Wednesday, March 14. The kidnappers who were about nine in number gained access to the traditional ruler’s palace and went into his bedroom. But the district head resisted the attempt to abduct him and engaged them in a fight. 

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reported that the monarch used a sharp sword during the fight and killed two of the kidnappers and the rest took to their heels leaving some of their guns behind. The deputy governor of the state, Haruna Manu, who visited the area and sympathised with Lamdo of Gashaka, Zubairu Hammangabdo, who is a brother of the district head, commended the courage of the traditional ruler.

He said cases of kidnapping had become a source of concern to the government and people of the state. The chairman of the local government, Mohammed Gayam, who also confirmed the incident to NAN, said that Hammangabdo had sustained deep cut in his head and hands and was admitted at the military hospital of the 20 Battalion in Serti area of the state.

Gayam said he had visited the injured district head and that he was responding to treatment. He said the two kidnappers that were killed by the royal father were identified through their identity cards, adding that they were members of the kidnapping gang terrorising the area disguising as members of a vigilance group. He said in the past few weeks about 17 persons were abducted in the area and about three of them were killed by the kidnappers following failure of their relations to pay the ransom. The chairman said kidnappers and other criminals had turned the surrounding forest in the area to their den, terrorising natives even in broad daylight. 

News has it that the governor raised this allegation on Thursday, February 1 when he received members of the national working committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who paid him a sympathy visit on the death of a member of the state House of Assembly, Hosea Ibi.
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