Gunmen kidnap Taraba lawmaker

The Taraba State Police Command on Sunday confirmed the kidnapping of a member of the Taraba State House of Assembly representing Takum I Constituency, Hosea Ibi.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Dave Akinremi, who confirmed the incident, said three men on a motorcycle whisked the lawmaker away on Saturday.

He said, “I have mobilised my men and they are combing bushes to close in on the kidnappers. The kidnappers have not yet established contact with anybody, but we have our intelligence network. We will surely rescue the lawmaker,” he said.

An eyewitness, Mr. Rimansikpe Tsokwa, told our correspondent that the three men broke into the house of the lawmaker at about 10.27pm and collected all the mobile phones from the occupants before taking their target away.

“We are shocked and I beg the police and other law enforcement agencies to ensure safe rescue of Hosea Ibi. The governor should support the security agencies to rescue the lawmaker,” he said.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Mr. Bala Dan Abu, said the incident occurred late in the night and he needed to consult his principal before reacting to the incident.