Gunmen kidnap Taraba chief


Gunmen have abducted the Chief of Dan-Anacha in Gassol Local Government Area of Taraba State, Zaki Daniel Mbatelen.

The incident occurred at about 2pm on Wednesday, January 1st 2020 when the chief was holding discussions with some family members and relatives.

Younger brother of the abducted chief, Richard Mbatelen, explained that the armed men rode on motorcycles to the compound, and commanded everybody to lie down.

“After complying with their directive, they searched my pockets, collected my phones and the little money I had on me.

“They commanded my elder brother at gunpoint to follow them, they took him on one of the motorcycles and whisked him away to an unknown destination.”

“Since yesterday afternoon, my brother’s phone has been switched off. We have not received any call from him or from his abductors.

“I am pleading with the security agencies to ensure that my brother is released unhurt,” he said.

There has been a feud between Jukun and Tiv in Dan-Anacha village over the renaming of the village to Kwararafa by Governor Darius Ishaku, leading to the destruction of valuable property even as tension continues to escalate in the area.

The State Police command is yet to react to this.

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