Two Boys Abducted From Borno Rescued In Taraba

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The Taraba State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) says it has rescued two abducted children in Lau Local Government Area of the state.

NSCDC Commandant in Taraba, Aliyu Ndanusa, told reporters on Thursday in Jalingo that the boys – age nine and seven years – were abducted from Askira Uba community in Borno State.

He explained that the command got a hint about the evil act through its intelligence and trailed the kidnappers to their hideout in Lau.

“The kidnappers ran away on sighting the operatives of the NSCDC, leaving the two children behind. So, we took the children into our custody,” the NSCDC commandant said.

He added, “Upon investigation, the children told us their names, both from Askira Uba community of Borno.”

Ndanusa noted that the command has contacted the families of the children and would soon reunite them with their parents.

According to him, there is no hiding place for criminals in Taraba as men of the command are working tirelessly to apprehend those behind the act.

The NSCDC commandant, however, advised parents to be vigilant in order to avoid a recurrence of such an incident.

Two Kidnapped NPC Staff Regain Freedom In Taraba

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Two staff of the National Population Commission NPC kidnapped in Dan-Anacha village of Gassol Local Government Area of Taraba have regained their freedom.

The duo identified as Gaddafi Shehu and Isah Zaradeen were kidnapped last Friday 10th January 2020.

Federal Commissioner, National Population Commission, Taraba State, Hon. Sanny Sale made this known at a news conference in Jalingo on Wednesday.

Sanny disclosed that the two staff were abducted at about 3:45pm last Friday while on the Commission’s routine Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) exercise in preparation for the national census next year.

The federal commissioner who revealed that the two staff were released on Tuesday after concessions were made described the period of their captivity as barbaric for the staff, family and the commission.

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“The moment we were informed of their abduction through a phone call to this office by the kidnappers, we promptly contacted the relevant security agencies who mobilized to ensure their timely and safe release.

“We went into intense negotiation with the kidnappers for the safe release of our colleagues. I personally took charge of the discussions on Monday until they were released,” he said.

Sanny, though could not disclose the amount paid as ransom appreciated all security agencies in the State for their tremendous support in ensuring the release of the two staff of the Commission.

One of the victims, Mister Gadafi Shehu said they were abducted on Friday while carrying out their work in the area.

” Two men riding on a motorcycle accosted us and ordered us at gunpoint to climb the bike and whisked us away to an unknown destination ”

The Police public relations officer in the state David Misal who attended the press conference told journalists that security agencies were working hard to stop the menace of kidnapping and other crimes in the State.

According to him, the police kept track of the location of the calls from the kidnappers and sometimes the location will show Benue and sometimes Nasarawa State, just to divert the attention of security personnel in intelligence gathering.

Misal calls on motorists in the state to avoid night journeys as criminals terrorizing the State were operating mainly at night.

He adds that massive deployment of security operatives around the Dan-Anacha axis is yielding positive results and it will be sustained.

Locals Nab Five Suspected Ritualists In Taraba

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Five persons suspected to be ritualists have been apprehended by locals in Kona Garu, a suburb of Jalingo in Taraba State.

Some of the eyewitnesses, Kini Nomiri and John Philip, told Channels Television that the suspects were nabbed when their supposed victim simply identified as, Samaila, escaped with a deep cut.

Nomiri explained that a shout for help by the Samaila attracted the attention of residents in the area, which made them come to his aid.

According to him, locals have been on the trail of the suspects for some days but without much evidence, hence they laid a siege and apprehended them.

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“For days now, the Chief of Kona has been emphasising that he wants peace in his community but a day before yesterday (Monday), we found a dead body close to River Nukkai and yesterday, same perpetrators struck again,” the witness lamented.

On his part, Philip said the suspects lured their latest victim does pedicure that their boss was in a forest and needed his service.

He added that the Samaila obliged and followed them on a motorbike but on getting there, he was be cut with a machete while he prepared to do his job.

The witness said, “We were all on a mountain monitoring them and when they hit him, he shouted and ran for his dear life.

“There and then, we came down; surrounded them and took the victim to an outpost of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Kona Garu where they rushed him to the hospital.”

“We were prepared with ropes, we used the ropes to tie them up until officers of the NSCDC came and we handed them over,” Philip added.

The witness noted that at the scene of the incident were human bones with burnt tyres which indicated that after removing the vital organs the suspects want, they set the remaining body parts of their victims ablaze.

The NSCDC Commandant in Taraba State, Mr Musa Aliyu, confirmed the incident and the arrest of the suspects to reporters in the state capital.

He revealed that the command expedited action by charging the arrested persons to court due to undue pressure coming from their relatives.

Aliyu said all the five suspects confessed to have committed the crime and the command was on the trail of other fleeing suspects and their accomplices.

He added that Samaila has been taken to the Federal Medical Centre in Jalingo for treatment.

One Killed, Ten Kidnapped As Gunmen Ambush Travellers In Taraba

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At least one person has been reported killed with several others injured by unknown gunmen in Taraba state.

Confirming the incident to channels television via a telephone interview, the caretaker committee chairman of Wukari local government, Daniel Grace, said the incident happened at about 7:00 PM Saturday, in Chedia, between Bantaje and Mahanga in Wukari LGA.

Daniel adds that ten other travelers were kidnapped and taken to an unknown destination with all passengers and the driver’s phone carted away.

Also speaking, one of the drivers Yunana Baba who had four of his passengers abducted revealed that he saw two vehicles ( 18 sitter Toyota buses, hummer one) packed by the roadside, he attempted to find out what the problem was, only to be pointed a gun by a masked individual in military camouflage and asked to pack.

” I know that spot to be an army checkpoint, so, when I was approaching, I saw two buses exactly as mine, packed.”

” All of a sudden a masked individual in military camouflage came towards me, asked me to pack or else he will shoot. ”

” I obeyed, packed, and was asked to lie on the ground just like my passengers and they started asking for our phones, money and other valuables ”

” A military personnel was in my vehicle, they searched the luggage I was carrying and found his uniform, asked about the owner, but I told them that it was a waybill given to me to be taken to Jalingo the Taraba state capital. ”

” Shortly after, they used their flashlights on us and picked four of my passengers on motorbikes to an unknown destination ”

” They also picked six others from the other two buses ”

” I’m shattered and wondering why they could do so despite collecting our phones and money ”

” We had to drive down to the Owoniyi main motor park here in Jalingo to rest ”

Baba adds that after the whole incident, they approached the nearest police outpost at Chedia to table their complaints, but met no one on seat, which prompted them to move to Jalingo which he said was safer for him and his remaining passengers.

The police public relations officer in Taraba, David Misal however confirmed the incident to channels television via a telephone interview, insisting that efforts are in top gear to rescue the victims, as they have engaged sister security agencies, vigilante group as well as youths of the area.

He says the report before him by the divisional police officer of Wukari indicates that” men of the underworld blocked some travelers heading to the eastern part of Nigeria from Adamawa state, opened fire on them and in the process killed one passenger, with others sustaining various degree of injuries”

” The second vehicle approached and the driver obediently stopped and they were all robbed ”

”The same thing happened to the third vehicle ”

He noted that the injured have been taken to a hospital for medical attention.

” For now, I can tell you that we are combing the area to make sure that we rescue them unhurt ”

” This is barbaric, inhuman and an act of wickedness, the police will not allow such to continue in the state, we are calling on anyone with useful information to come forward in assisting us to nip this nefarious act in the bud ”

The incident is the first of its kind in terms of the killing of a passenger on the highway and the second in terms of kidnappings in Taraba.

Abducted Local Chief Escapes From Captivity In Taraba

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A local chief abducted by yet to be identified persons in Taraba State has fled from the custody of his captors.

Mr Daniel Mbatelen regained his freedom on Saturday afternoon following his escape from captivity, a family source told Channels Television.

According to the source, members of the victim’s family were holding a meeting on how to raise the ransom demanded for his release.

He explained that the meeting ended abruptly after the chief ran into the compound at Dan-Anacha.

The source added that though Mbatelen was unhurt, how he escaped has remained a mystery his relatives do not understand.

The chief’s escape from captivity came hours after his abductors contacted his family members through telephone and demanded a ransom of N100 million.

Channels Television had reported the abduction of Mbatelen, the chief of the Tiv cultural group in Dan-Anacha, at a suburb of Gassol Local Government Area of Taraba State on January 1, 2020.

The abduction of the chief was the first recorded case in the new year.

However, the police authorities in the state have yet to make any comment on the effort made so far to rescue the local chief.

Kidnappers Demand N100m To Release Taraba Chief

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The abductors of a local chief in Taraba state have contacted his family members demanding a ransom of 100 million naira. 

They made their demand via a telephone conversation where they insisted that a reasonable amount of money must be paid because he is a chief.

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According to a family source, who preferred anonymity, the family is still negotiating, as well as pleading with the kidnappers to lower their bid.

Channels Television reported the kidnapping of the chief, Daniel Mbatelen of Dan-anacha at a suburb of Gassol local government area of Taraba state.

The Chief’s abduction is the first recorded case in the year 2020.


Army Resolves Land Dispute In Taraba

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Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, speaks to reporters in Abuja (file)


The Nigerian Army says it has resolved its age-long land dispute with residents of Serti in Gashaka local government area of Taraba State.

Speaking during the West African Social Activities Day on Friday in Taraba, Commanding Officer, 20 Model Battalion Serti, Sani Adamu, said the resolution was handled by the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai.

At the same event, the traditional ruler of Gashaka Kingdom, Zubairu Hamman-Gabdo thanked Buratai “for his magnanimity” in resolving the dispute. 

“I want to use this medium to inform the people of Gashaka that the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai holds this community in high esteem,” Adamu said in his speech.

“And as such, the lingering problem that has been on for many years in this unit that was yet to be solved has just recently been solved with the permission granted by the Chief of Army Staff to let go of the encroached barrack land and for us to take possession of the compensated land that was given by the Gashaka Local Government Council in collaboration with the Gashaka Emirate Council. 

“This information was sought just three days ago when I was with the Chief of Army Staff in Yola. And I find it necessary to put it on record on a day like this that we have both our royal fathers and also our mother in our presence. So to you people of Gashaka, I want to say a very big congratulations; and we thank you for your patience and understanding.”

Gunmen Abduct Local Chief In Taraba

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The Chief of Dan-anacha, a suburb of Gassol local government area of Taraba has been abducted by gunmen.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer, David Misal, the gunmen accosted the Chief and his younger brother on motorbikes at his residence on New Year’s Day.

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He added that the chief was whisked away by his abductor, leaving his younger brother.

Misal added that efforts are being made to rescue the chief from his abductors unhurt.

Meanwhile, members of the family said they are yet to be contacted by the abductors on what their demands are.

Taraba Records 129 Culpable Homicide Cases In 2019

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A file photo of policemen on patrol.



The Taraba State Police Command says a total of 129 culpable homicide cases were recorded in various parts of the state in the year 2019.

According to the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Alkasim Sanusi, the figure is among the over 480 suspects arrested by the command during the period.

“I’m glad to announce to you that 486 suspects were arrested and prosecuted for various crimes,” he said.

The police commissioner made the disclosure on Saturday at an event organised by the state government to appreciate security operatives in Taraba for a job well-done in the year.

It was also a pre-retirement lecture in honour of Sanusi who is due to bow out of service on December 31, 2019, after putting up 35 years in the public service.

Giving a breakdown of the figure, the police commissioner explained that 67 suspected kidnappers were arrested, and 54 armed robbery suspects apprehended among others.

On his part, the state deputy governor who represented Governor Darius Ishaku, Haruna Manu, gave the security agencies a pat on the back for their doggedness and quest to ensure peaceful coexistence.

He agreed with the notion that Taraba was a difficult place to work as a security agent, but not without a clause.

According to the deputy governor, the state is a mini Nigeria and anyone who serves there lives to tell a story as it is as an advantage.

The Commanding Officer of 20 Model Battalion, Serti, Colonel Sani Adamu, and Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Taraba, Umar Aliyu, were among the dignitaries at the event.

Taraba State in north-east Nigeria has had its fair share of insecurity ranging from kidnapping, farmers and herders clash, ethno-religious conflicts, and banditry among other crimes.

DPR Seals Four Filling Stations In Taraba


The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Taraba State has seal four filling stations for under dispensing of petroleum products.

DRP’s Head of Retails, Outlets and Marketing Department, Ibrahim Yakubu, disclosed this during a surveillance and enforcement operation on Tuesday in Jalingo, the state capital.

Yakubu explained that a total of 20 filling stations were visited during the operation as part of the mandate agency’s mandate during which the erring stations were caught.

He, however, called on residents and motorists in the state to avoid panic buying of petroleum products.

The DPR official noted that the essence of the exercise was to ensure that marketers do not exhibit sharp practices that would adversely affect the public during and after the yuletide.

He observed that marketers in the state have tremendously complied with the rules and regulations governing the petroleum downstream sub-sector.

“The level of compliance here in Taraba is quite tremendous and we commend the marketers for cooperating with the DPR and not cheating unsuspecting members of the public,” said Yakubu.

He added, “If this stand by the marketers will be sustained, then I think DPR will fully rate marketers of the product at 100% compliance.”

The DPR official insisted that the agency would not relent in sanctioning any defaulting operator who intends to short-change the public at all times by under dispensing the product.

So far, the Taraba State Field Office of the DPR has sealed over 20 fuel stations in the year 2019 with some marketers deserting their fuel stations on sighting enforcement officials.

Man Climbs Mast To Commit Suicide, Seeks TB Joshua’s Intervention


A yet to be identified man has threatened to commit suicide by climbing a telecommunications mast.

The incident occurred on Friday in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital in the north-eastern part of the country.

According to eyewitnesses, the man was seen approaching the mast with chains around his waist without knowing that he had the intention of climbing the mast.

Speaking to Channels Television, two persons – Mohammed Aminu and Suleiman Musa – explained that they suddenly discovered that the man was already at the peak of the mast.

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The victim.



They added that he started shouting and throwing down papers with a short message entitled ‘To Whom It May Concern’.

“I did not know when he climbed the mast; I’m the guardsman here,” said Aminu who added, “This is the first of its kind.”

“He was throwing down some papers which were picked by some persons,” the guardsman narrated.

The man, however, made a demand that he would only terminate the suicide mission if the founder of Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Prophet T.B. Joshua, intervened in his case.

A file photo of Prophet T.B. Joshua.



The inscription on one of the papers read, ”People of God, I need your prayer for my safety. As Zacchaeus climbed the sycamore tree to see Jesus Christ out of the crowd, fortunately, he got his salvation from God.

“After so many revelations about SCOAN, I am not coming down from this place until prophet T.B. Joshua asks me to come down. This is my last hope even if it is the last thing that I will achieve in life, so be it.

“Please and please prophet of God, help and deliver me for God’s sake.”

Meanwhile, security operatives have arrived at the scene in an attempt to bring the man down in the dark without any iota of light.

This strategy, according to the team, is to avoid suspicion by the victim and prevent him from jumping off the mast.

Herdsmen/Farmers Conflict: DHQ To Withdraw Troops From Benue, Taraba And Nasarawa

Troops of the Operation Whirl Stroke in Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba State.


The Defence Headquarters on Saturday says it will withdraw troops of the Operation Whirl Stroke from Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa States.

Speaking to journalists on Saturday in Benue State, the Defence Spokesman, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, said the operation which began in June 2018 to combat herdsmen attacks, communal crisis and militia groups has largely restored peace in the affected areas.

“We have a mandate; we have a mission. And the mission fundamentally is to maintain peace, safety and security in Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa States. And to a very large extent, that mission has been achieved.

“We just travelled all the way to Gbishe now and all I see on the road was tranquility, people going about their normal businesses. We have been to countries like Liberia where we had operations where there was civil war, when we met the mandate we began to draw down and that is exactly what is going to happen here,” he said.

He however reacted to concerns raised by Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State that the withdrawal of troops could spark renewed attacks in the affected states.

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According to Nwachukwu, the withdrawal wouldn’t be a complete one but would be done gradually in phases.

“I saw comments made by His Excellency, the Governor of Benue State (Samuel Ortom). It is not an outright shutdown of the operation. It is not as if we are going to close the operation, pack our bags and vacate the operational area, that is not what is happening.

“There is going to be a draw down and that draw down is not immediate. It is going to be phased. So, it’s not like pack your things and get out of the place.

“Again, we have made provisions that as the troops draw down, as we wind down the operation, we have some benchmark that have been put in place to ensure that there is no resurgence of these criminalities,” he stated.

The brigadier general also revealed that the military authorities have developed kinetic operation that hev involved traditional and political leaders aimed at maintaining peace in the region.