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February 27, 2024

40 hostages rescued from kidnappers den in Taraba

40 hostages rescued from kidnappers den in Taraba

By Femi Bolaji, Jalingo

Forty hostages who had been languishing in a kidnappers’ den have been rescued in a joint operation by vigilantes and hunters in Taraba State.  

The rescued hostages were kidnapped from rural communities in Yorro and Zing local government areas of the state.  

It was gathered that the kidnappers’ den, located atop Gongomaliki Mountain, was dislodged on Saturday by the hunters and vigilantes who were on a rescue mission. 

The 40 hostages, Vanguard gathered, are residents of Dilla, Lanko, and Gampu communities in Yorro LGA, and Dekko and Kotsensi communities of Monkin B ward in Zing LGA. 

Briefing newsmen on Monday in Jalingo, the state capital, Taraba State Commissioner of Police, CP David Iloyanomon, said the rescued hostages were taken to the police clinic for examination and treatment after they regained freedom.

He disclosed that one of the rescued hostages had an eye plucked out, while another who had a gunshot injury is still in the hospital. 

He also paraded 10 suspected kidnappers who were apprehended at different locations in Ardo-Kola local government of the state. 

He further informed that the state police command would continue to collaborate with local security apparatus to ensure the state’s safety.