Kidnapped Taraba lawmaker found dead

Taraba State has been hit with a sad news following the latest report regarding the kidnapped lawmaker in the state, Hon. Hosea Ibi representing Takum II.

The kidnapped lawmaker was reported to have been found dead on the road in Takum local government, days after herdsmen struck in the state.

The lawmaker who was abducted on Saturday, December 30, 2017, was reported to have been dead for about three days before his body was found according to Police report.

The abductors of the lawmaker were reported to have demanded the sum of N75 million in ransom to secure his release.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr David Misal, while confirming the passing away of the lawmaker also stated that the body has since been recovered from where it was deposited.

The killing comes days after the Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, said any blackmail and propaganda employed by cattle breeders to turn themselves into victims will fail.

Recall that the National Secretary of MACBAN, Usman Ngeljarma, had said on Sunday on behalf of the group; “It is no longer hidden that some state governments are sponsoring ethnic militias against our people, recruiting and arming locals to kill our people and rustle their livestock as seen recently in Benue and Taraba states.”

The Taraba State governor, however, in reaction spoke through his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Bala Abu, saying: “The people who were given mass burial were not the Fulani. National television stations and newspapers published the story. No single Fulani man was killed; instead, they (Fulani) were the killers.

“I challenge them to come out with evidence against the governor that he is training ethnic militia against the Fulani. They should also name the location where the training is taking place so security agencies can move in to effect arrest.

“We are aware of their plot to stop the implementation of the Taraba State Open Grazing Prohibition Law which is due to commence soon, but the governor won’t be deterred in his quest to bring peace to the state.” he said.