Kidnappings, Banditry Activities and Killings in Taraba State

Emmanuel Awari-Jalingo

The constant activities of Kidnappings, Banditry and Killings in Taraba State and it’s neighboring communities have become worrisome and alarming.

In December 2017, Hon. Hosea Ibi, a Member Representing Takum 1 State Constituency, was abducted and brutally killed. His death was widely condemned, especially for the manner in which he was killed. The police, state, and federal governments all assured that the perpetrators would be brought to justice. Some weeks later, some suspects were paraded at the Taraba State Police Command, but nothing has been heard about the case since then. Years went by.

In early January 2021, Salihu Dovo, the Council Chairman of Ardo-kola Local Government Area in Taraba state, and his nephew were shot dead.

The gunmen broken into Dovo’s residence in the Sabon-Gari area of Jalingo, the state capital, took him away, and shot him miles away from his home.

This pattern has been followed in similar incidents, and stakeholders, government officials, and the police have all condemned the abductions and killings. However, few arrests have been made, and little progress has been achieved in investigations.

In January 19, 2023, the two wives and five children of the Chief of Mutum Biyu, HRH Sani Mohammed, were abducted by gunmen in their residence in Jalingo, the state capital.

After some weeks, they were all killed.

On Sunday 7th May 2023, news broke that the Caretaker Committee Chairman of Takum Local Government Council, Boyi Manja, was kidnapped, and his orderly was killed instantly.

This pattern has already been put into play, and the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) has issued a statement condemning the attack.

These incidents are not limited to notable persons; hundreds of people are kidnapped every month in Taraba and Nigeria, and authorities are not doing enough to safeguard the lives and property of citizens.

In 2020, the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Ali Sani Pantami, suspended the sale of SIMs and directed that all telecom subscribers link their phone lines with the National Identification Number (NIN).

His reason was that bandits and other criminals would be trapped. However, two years down the line, the activities of bandits and their affiliates are on the rise. Kidnapping is not limited to high-profile individuals, and it has become a common occurrence.

The Government needs to go beyond rhetoric to address insecurity by recruiting more personnel and enhancing the country’s technological sector, particularly in the fight against crime. Though a lot of community efforts have been put in place, particularly in the area of vigilante groups who are at the forefront to assist security operatives to fish out bad eggs, a lot needs to be done as fast as possible to contain the rising security threats in the state and country.

Similarly, this year, Council Boss of Ussa Local Government Council, Abershi Musa resigns his appointment over Governor Ishaku’s complicity and citing governor Darius Ishaku’s indifference to the killings as the reason for his resignation.

The council boss tendered his resignation letter to the governor on Wednesday evening after serving in the capacity for six months.

Speaking to journalists on Thursday, Musa explained that the inhuman attitude and the inaction of the governor over the continued killings by suspected herdsmen in Ussa local government was the reason behind his decision to quit the government.

According to him, it amounts to betrayal if he continues to be part of the government that has shown obvious indifference that borders on complicity in the killings of his people just because he wants to remain in power and enjoy the benefits that come with the position.

“The inhuman attitude of governor Darius Ishaku over the killings of my people in Ussa local government by herdsmen is the reason why I have tendered my resignation letter as a caretaker chairman of the local government. I am not hungry so, i can’t be chairman while my people are being killed and nothing is done about.

“I don’t want to be seen as a compromise in the situation. I want my integrity maintained because my people already know who I am. When the situation started months ago, I quickly informed the governor through phone conversation but no action was taken toward ending the killings. At a joint security meeting again, I drew the attention of the governor but he has refused to respond or take action to end the killings even as we speak.

“My people are being killed on a daily basis for reason best known to the killers and their sponsors and governor Ishaku has refused persistently to comment.

“Just this week, 15 people were attacked and killed, the Palace of (Kwe Ando Madugu), the 3rd class Chief of Lisan Chiefdom was also attacked and destroyed by angry youth who believed that I and the chief have the capacity to stop the Fulani attack in the area but are not doing so.

“It is not all about me being chairman. It’s all about the people, the poor masses of the local government. How can I be chairman and watch helplessly when my people are being killed?

“I didn’t beg for the appointment, the governor called me and I gave him condition that the appointment must be the type that I will touch the lives of my Usa people. Even at the joint security meeting, I told the governor that we can not condole any killing in Usa because, our people must farm this year. Farming is the only source of my people’s earning, they didn’t farm last year due to headsmen attacks and they must farm this year to live. It doesn’t matter whether I am chairman or not, all I want is to stop the killings and let my people farm and live a normal life.

“Several questions are being asked on why governor Ishaku has refused to take any action on the continued killings in Ussa. The citizens are saying may be is because Ussa local government did not vote for the governor in the last senatorial election but I think as a politician, you don’t expect certain percentage of votes from people and if the game turn to the opposite then the people automatically become your enemies. But if that is the case, has the governor forgotten so soon that the same people gave him massive votes in 2015 and 2019? I think if that is the governor’s reason then, he is not a politician and is purely inhuman of him.

“I am already discussing with stakeholders on how to stop the situation so, I wish to appeal to people of the local government to remain calm and distance from any action that would spark more trouble in the area” he explained.

Our Correspondent recall that a prominent member of the Ishaku’s cabinet resigned from the government not long ago for reasons most people believe are not unconnected to the killings.

Still in the same Local Government, 11 people were killed many injured by suspected herdsmen.

The suspected herdsmen attacked Villages in Ussa Local Government of Taraba State killing 11 people.

The headsmen launch the attacks along Lissam-Kwesati road and Fikyu, Ussa LGA.

The Chief of Kpambo Chiefdom Ussa Local Government Area kwe Andekin Amos Musa while speaking on the issue on telephone, appeal to the government to come to the rescue of his people.

The royal father said the people of the area were being killed on the daily basis by Fulani militia.

He directly pointed at the fulani herdsmen of killing a woman and her two males children at Fikyu axis while ten people were also killed along kwesati road.

He noted that despite the peace Accord between Fulani and Kuteb , but the fulanis are still on rampage advancing towards the directions of his people which is uncalled for.

“The fulanis who returned back after the peace accord did not come back with their wives thinking were back for peace.

“Unfortunately suddenly, the herdsmen started destroying most of their farm products, economic trees, eat up our food , pulled down our corn for their cows to eat.

The Traditional Ruler disclosed that despite the presence of security personnel in the affected areas as if is not yielding any positive results.

He said his people are peace loving people asked them not to go on reprisal attacks, but should allow the government to do the needful.

He further urge the government to intensify the security personnel with arms and ammunitions stressed that most of the herdsmen are moving round with sophisticated and dangerous weapons.

An attempt by our correspondent to speak with the PPRO Usman Abdullah proved abortive as his unable to pick calls.

Similarly, bandits numbering over 60 invaded garin Baka village in Ardo_Kola local government area of Taraba state and killed many people.

The gunmen came into the village from their den located on top of a mountain at about 7.30pm Friday and opened fire from all directions.

Findings further reveal that the gunmen set houses on fire and rustled cows and also looted shops and ware houses.

A resident, Yakubu Garba said when the attackers came when many of the villagers were praying inside mosque.

He stated further that prayers was halted and their was pandemonium in the village as residents ran for their life.

According to him, some of the residents escaped into a near by forest but two of his family members were among those killed during the attack.

He said many other people escaped into the forest with gun wound.
He said so far more than ten bodies were recovered but several people including women and children are still missing.

Garba, further further stated that soldiers and police were drafted to the community.

Spoke person of Taraba Police Command SP Usman Abdullahi confirmed the attack but could not give actual figure of those killed because according to him official report of the incident was still being awaited from Sunkani police Division.

In similar development, 2 Police Officers Shot Dead 2 Injured At INEC Collation Centre in a clash between the Police and Military.

Witnesses said a minor disagreement between soldiers and policemen guarding INEC headquarters in the state snowballed into a crisis that lasted nearly an hour.

According to sources, soldiers, who sent policemen away from the INEC collation centre, later invaded police headquarters and chased away police officers on duty.

Injured policemen were rushed to Police Clinic, Jalingo.

Vehicles parked inside the police headquarters were reportedly vandalised during the incident

Sporadic shots triggered panic among residents as shops, markets and houses were shut.

During a joint press conference, police commissioner in the state, Suleiman Amodu, said a high-powered investigative panel would be set up to establish the cause of the incident.

The conference was attended by the Commandant, 6 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Jalingo, Brig General Frank Etim, and the state Director of the Department of State Services (DSS).

Similarly, dead bodies of 2 wives , 5 children killed by Kidnappers recovered.

The Chief of Mutumbiyu Justice Sani Muhammed (rtd) confirmed that decomposed bodies of his two wives and five children was found.

He confirmed this through Telephone that the dead bodies of his family members were discovered early morning Saturday and will be brought to Mutumbiyu for burial.

“The bodies of my family members killed by kidnappers was found and will be brought to Mutumbiyu.

Recall that eight family members of the Monarch were abducted by gunmen suspected kidnappers at his Jalingo personal resident seventeen days ago and a boy aged 14 among the abducted families of the Monarch escaped from the kidnappers two days ago and was brought to the palaceof the Monarch.

Taraba state government on his part, condemned the gruesome murder of mornach’s family.

In a statement issue by the Commissioner of Information and Re-Orientation, Mrs. Lois Emmanuel to newsmen in Jalingo, the Government described the act as Barbaric,Ungodly, Inhuman and Uncivilized regretting that it’s sustained efforts to rid the state of Kidnappings and other forms of Banditry was being thwarted by the recent developments in the State.

“The government reiterates it’s resolve to continue to ensure adequate protection of lives and properties of the citizens and vowed to network with the security Agencies in the State to bring to book the perpetrators of the dastardly act.

“The Government Condoled with the Monarch, His Royal Highness and the people of Mutum-Biyu Chiefdom on the unfortunate incident and prayed God to repose the souls of the Deceased and the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable Loss “the statement concluded.

The high stage of insecurity in Taraba state some residents of Taraba State attributed it to the recent automatic disengagement of 200 staff of the moribund multi Villion Naira Taraba Green House.

Residents of the State who decried the sudden increase of bandits activities in the state alleged that the 200 disengaged staff of the moribund multi billion Naira Taraba green house are the newly recruited bandits operating in the state.

Our Correspondent reports that the immediate past council chairmen of Sadauna local government Hon. Oliver Wubon and that of Gassol local government Hon. Musa Abdullahi Chul, have earlier this year declared their localities as a no go areas.

Hon. Wubon told journalists in Jalingo that kidnappers operating in the area were now demanding for advance payment from residents to avoid being kidnapped while, Hon. Abdullahi Chul said, the armed men after taking over most farm areas, they have issued a letter to him and other stakeholders in the local government that they were no longer interested in kidnapping poor people as their business was not moving higher as expected.

According to the council boss then, the kidnappers said they will concentrate on kidnapping political parties candidates for the 2023 election to make much money since they were not getting much ransom from poor people.

Our Correspondent further reports that, apart from the rural areas of the state where the spate of killings and kidnapping has become a normal daily routing, Jalingo the state capital is gradually becoming an unsafe environment for residents, as hardly a day pass without the news of either kidnapping, rubbery or assassination in the environ.

Our Correspondent also reports that the governor Darius Ishaku’s multi billion Naira Taraba green house that has gone moribund since 2020 was commisioned on Aug. 25, 2017 by the Vice president, Yemi Osinbajo.

Osinbajo told the gathering that the project was a victory for agric technology, promised that the Federal Government was going to partner with Taraba state Government to improve Agricultural production in order to attain food sufficiency in the country.

Residents of the state who expressed worry over the sudden increase of bandits activities in the state alleged that, a good number of the 200 disengaged staff of the moribund green house have been recruited by bandits leaders to enable them earn a living since the company has collapsed and they were automatically disengaged from the services.

Mallam Shehu Buba, a resident of Jalingo, Cletus Ando of Wukari and Yusuf Maigeri of Sadauna local government, both lamented that, “Taraba is gradually becoming a no go area for residents.

“Almost all the local government areas have been taking over by the activities of bandits even in Jalingo, we are no longer safe. It is either you hear of kidnapping, rubbery or assassination in the state capital on a daily basis.

“The sudden increase of this act we want to believe that the 200 staff of the moribund multi billion Naira Taraba green house that were recently disengaged have been recruited into banditry and they are the ones terrorising the state.

“We are suprise that this company has collapsed within few years of establishment. We were told that the multi billion Naira green house engaged the services of 200 youths in different capacities and Governor Darius Ishaku himself told us that the main aim of establishing the company was to lift the youths out of street and curb criminality and banditry activities since it was believed that the acts were being committed by unemployed youth.

“Since 2020, the company became moribund and the 200 staff mostly youth after sometime were automatically disengaged from the services. We don’t know whether the governor only established the company as a strategy to wine the youth’s Hart for his second term ambition in 2019. Now we have bandits everywhere in the state and who knows if this guys are the ones terrorising the state?

“We do not know whether the federal government had withdrawn her decision to partner the state to boost the efficiency of the company. We are wondering what the state would tune into if this banditry activities continue”. The residents lamented.

It recall that Governor Darius Ishaku earlier in 2017 during an inspection visit to the company said, his decision for establishing the company was due to the fact that agriculture was the only surest means to engaging the youth productively and free the country from persistent recession.

He also disclosed during the visit that he would privatize the company before he leaves office due to what he believed as inability of the government to effectively manage and sustain the company.

He justified that, from the way other state-owned companies had been handled if green house is not privatize, it may suffer the same situation.

In August 2022, the Taraba State Deputy Governor, Haruna Manu commiserate with Victims of bandits attacks in Kare-Kuka village in Gassol Local Government of the State.

He disclose this while sympathizing with the victims who are receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Center Jalingo.

The Deputy Governor described the attack as callous and inhuman act that would not be allowed to go free.

He was accompanied by some senior government officials went round the Accident and Emergency unit, Female and Male Surgical Wards of the hospital to inspect the victims who sustained various degrees of injuries during the attack.

“I promised to settle your medical bills and I prayed for your speedy recovery.

It recalled that some assailants suspected to be bandits on Friday attacked Kare-Kuka Village in Gassol Local Government Area of the state killing scores of people while others sustained various degrees of injuries.

The Deputy Governor of Taraba state Engr.Haruna Manu terminated his official assignment out of the state and returned back home to commiserates with victims of bandits’ attacks in Kare kuka and Garin Gidado communities in Gassol Local Government area of the state.

The attack by bandits on motorcycles led to the death of 16 persons in the communities and left many others with varying degrees of injuries.

The hoodlums, who invaded the communities last Friday, also set some houses ablaze,rendering many homeless.

He assured the people of the state that administration of Governor DDI will continually frustrate the devilish operations of bandits and bring it to an end.

He called on the National Assembly to strengthen national security by enacting relevant laws that will provide security operatives with working tools to end security challenges facing the nation.

He also commiserated with families of those who lost their lives in the incident and prayed to God to give them the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.

The Deputy Governor was accompanied on the visit by the Members representing Gassol LGA at TRHA Hon. Abbas Kaura and Hon.Sulaiman Abbas,Honorable Commissioner of Science & Technology who is also overseeing the Ministry of Information,Hon.Alhassan Hamman Gassol and other top government officials.

Taraba State have been in the news for long time now due to series of attacks by bandits in many villages of Gassol, Bali, Ussa and other communities of the state leading to the lost of lives and properties.

In an open letter title: “Bandits in Bali/Gassol LGAs of Taraba State”, written by Abdurrazaq Yusuf Moallahyidi Njiddawo of Tella town, Gassol LGA, to the Taraba State Deputy Governor, Engr. Haruna Manu, the Senator Taraba Central Zone, Sen. Yusuf A. Yusuf, and the House of Representative Bali/Gassol Federal Constituency, Hon. Gambo Mubarak, urged them to do the needful to avoid been finish by the bandits.

“Bali/Gassol or Taraba Central Zone is highly blessed with almost everything a human being need in life, right from human and natural resources.

“Neighboring states and Cameroun in particular and the whole Nigeria in general do benefit immensely from the resources God bestowed upon and for us.

“Imagine a situation whereby there come a year in which there will be no agricultural products from Bali/Gassol due to the calamitous situation that befell the farmers.

“To all indications, this foresight is about to happen in Bali/Gassol LGAs soon.

“Undoubtedly, if the needful is not done by our concern stakeholders, and the intervention of the Almighty God, it will surely come to happen under our eyes. The consequences of this therefore, will be very bad for all of us.

He listed the areas that are been forcibly obtruded by the bandits either once or more killing, abducting and all sorts of terror attacks to includes: Gassol LGA
Gassol Axis: Karal, Ndiyanwo, Wuro-Jam, Wuro Bokki, Anema, Dadin kowa, Yola-Kareje, Garin-Karfe, Baba aso and Wuro Jingi villages.

Mutum-Biyu Axis: Jauro manu, Zip, Namnai, Kara-kuka, Garin Gidado and Chul villages.

Bali LGA: Takalafiya ward: Baba Juli, Garwa, Malam baba and Bokki villages.

“It is important to note that the people of the affected areas have ran away to the nearby villages (who are also in fear to been obtruded) living as migrants.

The pointed out the consequence of the ongoing terror attacks in Bali/Gassol to include:

Psychological aspect which is already manifesting in the victims of the bandits especially children and women, Social aspect will affect ceremonies of all kind, such as wedding and naming ceremonies, the inter-town football sports by our talented youths will be history and the tradition of people visiting their relatives in their villages will be no more.

“Economic aspect:
All our markets within and even outside Bali/Gassol will automatically halt. There will be no more kasuwan Buhu in Tella and Mutum-Biyu, so also kasuwan Doya, Kasuwan Kifi, Kasuwan Gwari and Kasuwan Tike of Tella and that of Iware. To mention
but a few.

“Agricultural aspect:
The booming rice business and other cash crops will be dimmed as those trailers coming from the Northern and Southern parts of Nigeria on daily basis transporting all sorts of food and livestock will stop due to the insecurity bedeviling us and the inability of farmers to make a bumper harvest.

“Educational aspect:
The love of formal and informal education in the mind of our upcoming youths will be vanished. Schools might become IDPs camps.

“Religious aspect:
Religious leaders have become one of the major targets of the bandits. All religious activities will hardly be held. Reports has it that today in the kare-kuka as people are at the cemetery burying the victims of the bandits, they heard bandits’ gunshots again and eventually dispersed everyone. Remember that people get calm and motivated through admonishments of our scholars- he said.

“Lost of trust: People
will no longer trust each other as they believed that there are informants among them.

“Political aspect:
As we are fast approaching campaigns periods, collection of PVCs as well as the general election, those affected will not enjoy all this. Do remember the number of current and new voters as well as new polling units in these areas.

“Breach of law:
The longer government did not take a necessary action over the issue; the more people will think of alternative ways which cannot be controlled afterwards.

“Growth of crime:
Some people are only righteous and peaceful when there is peace and security in the land, otherwise they become criminals.

“You are all the sons of central zone. In as much as you represent us at your respective offices, please Fear Allah and find solution to this menace. The people of Bali/Gassol believed that you are in the position to know better than them as to who and how to end this problem.

He said that very individual is expected to contribute towards the development of his/her immediate environment.

“This letter serves as my own quota and of course on behalf of many if not all the Bali/Gassol people. Please do the needful before we be all hunt and ransacked – he added.

Bandits also attacked Jauro Manu village in Gassol local government area of killing five people while unspecified number of people kidnapped.

A resident, Mallam Saidu Usman told our correspondent on phone that the attackers came on Nine vectra and Bajaj motorcycles and stated shooting anyone on sight.

“They came around after 1 in the afternoon with two people each on a motorcycle and stated shooting at anyone they see.

“They killed five people on the spot and abducted unspecified number of people to unknown destination”. Usman narrated.

Taraba state police command through the PPRO, Gambo Bajabu Kwache confirmed the incident and said police were already on top of situation to track down the attackers.

Our Correspondent reports that the immediate past chairman of Gassol local government, Hon. Musa Abdullahi Chul had earlier in October 2021 and in February 2022, raised the alarm that Boko-haram terrorists were regrouping in a forest in the local government.

Correspondent also reports that the Council chairman’s alarm came barely after one month when suspected Boko-haram in military uniform test ran an explosive device on a Catholic church in the local government, blowing off the church.

Investigation also revealed that the bandits after blocking Yerima to Tella road, have a field day at Tella market carting away handsets at a charging point and breaking in shops and went away with goods worth Millions of Naira.

“Bandits have continuesly terrorise the state, especially Bali, Gassol, Karim – Lamido and recently Takum, Ussa and Yangtu communities.

Speaking on the raising stage of Insecurity, Taraba SDP Governorship Candidate Danladi Baido Tijos, condemns incessant attacks on communities.

This followed the attack on Sabongida Kpasimbe and Manya communities in Takum Local Government Area of the state among others.

In a statement issued by his Media Assistant, Mr. Anthony Maliki on Monday, Baido said the gunmen attack on two communities where hundreds of people fled for safety to Nyivu in Donga Local Government Area crossing River Donga was wicked and barbaric.

He expressed deep worry over the incident which according to him had become a recurring situation in the state and sympathise with the victims’ families.

“I called on the federal government to as a matter of urgency draft adequate military personnel to the area before the situation gets out of hands.

He also condemned the recent attack in Takum Local Government Area where about 21 communities were sacked, saying the present government in the state has failed to protect lives and property of its people.

He disclosed that about 120, 000 people were displaced and scores killed as a result of bandits attack since January this year around some local governments in southern part of Taraba State.

According to him, the people are no longer safe going to their farms for fear of being attacked and would lead to food shortages.

He said not too longer ago, gunmen attacked Nyifiye in the Takum Local Government Area of the state shooting at residents and destroying property.

Baido also said last week, parts of Jalingo, the Taraba State capital, were attacked leading to the unfortunate death of several people, in Mile six Lassandi and CBN area while a medical doctor with the Federal Medical Centre, was attacked in his house behind the Catholic Cathedral, mile six.

He said with these attacks, citizens have no longer confident of government and security agencies protecting them, saying if the state capital will be so freely attacked, then no one is safe and called on security agencies to diligently carry out their duties of protecting the people.

Also speaking, the Chairman TEKAN ECWA Block, Rev. Dr. Phillip Micah Dopah said that the continues killings of innocent Tarabans, enough is enough of bloodshed in the land.

“The Fulani militias in Ussa,Takum and Yantu Special Development Area, unabated, is indeed a worrisome development, that must be condemned by well meaning Tarabans and Nigerians.

“Even with presence of military barrack in Takum, Yet credible source revealed that Yesterday Kijwean Tati Area, kunkean Area and kwenboi Area were attacked.

“As a leader in Christian community representing one of the largest Bloc in CAN Taraba State, on behalf of the pastors of our Bloc we want to add our voice to recent press release made by CAN chairman Taraba state to state that, The killings of our innocent brothers and sisters is Babaric, satanic, evil and unethical and must be stop by the federal might, we need peace in our land.

“We are appealing to the state Government especially our Governor Arch Darius Dickson Ishaku, that since our people can no longer be protected by federal might with the presence of military barrack in Takum, let Taraba State marshall and Taraba State local Vigilantee be deployed to the affected areas to maintain peace and normalcy.

“Enough is enough of blood shed in our land – he said.

He said that with the recent development in Kuje prison in federal Capital revealed that Terrorist seems to be in charge since they can rescue their people from, without arrest.

“For Justice and fairness to prevail let the Government at all level empower her citizens with Self Defense mechanism Since Self defense is constitutional.

“To the church of God in Taraba state and Nigeria,in a situation where by heaven seems to be silent in our situation, lets keep praying to God until our prayers are answered.

“Let us remember God’s promise and let’s listen to the voice of God, for His Grace is sufficient in all circumstances – he added.

Rev. Dopah, who doubles as the Director, Connectional Ministries of the Southern Nigeria Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC), said that people are being killed on a daily basis by bandits while others are kidnapped and even killed.

Soldiers were also killed in Tati village in Takum Local Government, Taraba State.

In his condolence message, Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku in a statement issued by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Bala Dan Abu, the governor said:

“I received with great shock and sadness news of the killing of six soldiers of the 93 Battalion, Takum in an ambush by bandits during a military operation in Takum Local Government Area of the state.

He also expressed worry about the fate of the Commanding officer of the Battalion who was declared missing after the operation.

According to him, the attack on civilians and police officers in Takum prompted the reaction of the soldiers from the 93 Battalion had proved that the bandits had become even more desperate than ever to kill and to maim innocent people.

” I want to also use the opportunity to praised the gallantry of the soldiers led by the commanding officer of the battalion for reacting promptly to the distress calls by the people of the areas under the seize of the bandits which the operation resulted in the unfortunate death of six military officers and the uncertainty over the whereabouts of the commanding officer.

“I want to commisrate with the military, the immediate and extended families of the deceased military officers and urged Nigerians to also pray for the safe return of the Commanding Officer of the Battalion.

Governor Ishaku used the opportunity to renew his calls on the people of the state to be vigilant and to always monitor strangers coming into their communities.

“May God to grant the souls of the deceased soldiers eternal rest – he added.

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