- The rising cases of kidnapping in the country seem to be a daily occurrence recently
- Taraba in northeast Nigeria is one of the worst-hit states in terms of kidnappings
- A revered has just been kidnapped in a remote part of the state
Unknown gunmen on Tuesday, October 15 invaded Malum community in Ardo-Kola local government area of Taraba state and kidnapped one Reverend Solomon Jediel.
The assailants contacted the family members shortly after and informed them to start saving money for his ransom.
Wife of the victim, Lucy Solomon, said the kidnappers shot sporadically into the air, shattered the windows to their house and beat up every member of the family.
“We were about to sleep when my husband asked me to look through the window and then I saw the abductors.
“When they got closer, they flashed torchlight at us and asked my husband to come out and follow them or else they will shoot him.
“He obliged and opened the door. Then, they started beating every member of the family. They later contacted my son, instructing him to start making some savings for his father’s release,” she told Channels Television.
The abduction is coming five days after Taraba state governor, Darius Ishaku, disclosed that no fewer than 100 persons have been abducted within nine months in the state.
Meanwhile, Nigerian security agencies have so far recovered over 470 assorted weapons and 13,000 pieces of ammunition from kidnappers and bandits operating in the north-west geopolitical zone of the country.
This was disclosed by the minister of defence, Major-General Bashir Magashi (rtd) on Tuesday, October 15 in Katsina at a town hall meeting convened by the federal government.
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