– About 10 people have been kidnapped in Taraba state by gunmen who mounted a roadblock
– Also, the criminals forcefully snatched a year old baby from her mother
– The criminals have not yet contacted the victims family to demand ransom
At least 10 gunmen mounted a roadblock near Chanchangi town, located along Takum-Wukari road on Monday evening and forced a commercial van conveying 10 passengers from Takum to Wukari town into the forest.
Maiwada Takum, relative to one of the abducted travellers, told Daily Trust that the kidnappers took seven people hostage.
They also took a one-year-old boy from his mother, who was travelling on the bus.
He said the van, a Sharon, was later found in a part of the Benue forest that shares boundary with Chanchangi town.
Maiwada said the kidnappers have not called relatives of the abducted passengers.
He said the mother of the infant is traumatised and is hospitalised at a clinic in Takum
Maiwada stated that this is the second time in three months the kidnappers abducted large number of persons from Takum town traveling along Takum-Wukari road and almost at the same spot.
Police spokesperson in the state, ASP Leha Reform could not be reached for comment over the incident as his line was switched off when our reporter called him.
Also, Legit.ng reported that a senior officer with the Edo police command was kidnapped by gunmen who broke into his apartment in Benin, capital of the state.
The latest victim, identified as ASP Clement Amoko, was reportedly taken away in the presence of his wife and children.
Going further, the news outlet added that the kidnappers have already made contact with the family members to demand ransom.
The criminals who struck in the wee hours of Saturday, March 6, whisked away some staff members and their families.
According to locals near the airport, the gunmen were wielding dangerous weapons.
Similarly, Legit.ng reported that the home town of Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi the minister of police affairs, in the Bodinga local government area of Sokoto, was severely attacked by some gunmen on Thursday, March 4.
The criminals reportedly abducted the daughter-in-law and wife of the chief Imam from the raided community.
Aanu Adegun is a politics and current affairs content editor at Legit.ng with over 7 years of experience in both digital and traditional media. A graduate of English Studies from Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo state, Aanu started his journalism career as a features writer. Aanu, who is also a creative writer has written books and children magazines. He once anchored some specialised pages of a national newspaper. Aanu is also a satirist.