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Kidnapped Taraba lawmaker found dead

Hosea Ibi

Cross River reeling under kidnappers’ scare
Kidnapped member of the Taraba State House of Assembly, Hosea Ibi, representing Takum I constituency has been reportedly killed by his abductors. The police command in Taraba confirmed his death to newsmen on Monday.

Ibi was kidnapped on December 30 last year, in Takum when he went home for Christmas celebration. Eyewitnesses said he was whisked away at gunpoint by his abductors, who were on riding a motorcycle.

Police spokesman in the state, David Misal, said the body of the murdered lawmaker was found in the afternoon at Kwari, along Takum – Kashimbilla road.
He said: “Yes, it has been confirmed, the body was found this afternoon at Kwari, along Takum -Kashimbilla road.”

Taraba State governor, Darius Ishaku, said he has been devastated by the death. “My heart has been broken,” he said.

Ibi’s colleague, Mark Useni, a former Speaker and member now representing Takum II, described Ibi’s death as shocking.

Useni noted that the people of Takum who were eagerly waiting for his release have been thrown into mourning this afternoon. “It’s a very sad news to the people of Takum and the entire state,” he said.

Meanwhile, Calabar, the capital city of Cross River State, is fast becoming a safe heaven for kidnappers as no day passes without a kidnap incident. Top police sources said “for the past six months, there is no day we do not get reports of kidnap in Calabar. It is very disturbing and alarming for investors and citizens.”

Kidnapping until recently was not common in the state but since 2015, activities of kidnappers have become frequent forcing some businesses to shut down.

Suspected militants had last June kidnapped five expatriates – three Australians, ‎one New Zealandian and a South African on their way to a cement manufacturing plant located at Mfamosing, in Akamkpa Local Government Area.

Their activities had caused serious concern to residents and the state government, forcing Governor Ben Ayade to introduce extensive stop and search checkpoints at strategic locations.

Two weeks ago, two medical doctors, Dr. Ekanem Usang and Dr. Emem Udo were kidnapped prompting the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) to go on an indefinite strike action demanding the unconditional release of their colleagues. They have, however been released.



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