Police, hunters rescue 40 kidnap victims in Taraba — CP


The Taraba State Police Command, in conjunction with local hunters, has successfully rescued 40 kidnapped victims in Yorro Local Government Area of the state. Commissioner of Police David Iloyanomon attributed the success to the strategic utilization of local hunters, who possess intimate knowledge of the terrain.

According to CP Iloyanomon, the kidnappers’ hideout was situated atop the Gongomaliki mountain, providing them with a vantage point to surveil security operations from a distance before launching attacks. Employing a new approach, local hunters and vigilantes were mobilized to dislodge the criminals, resulting in the neutralization of some kidnappers and the safe rescue of 40 hostages. Additionally, police operatives stationed at key points apprehended 10 suspects attempting to flee the mountain.

The rescued individuals, hailing from Dilla, Lanko, and Gampu communities in Yorro LGA, as well as Dekko and Kotsensi communities of Monkin B ward in Zing LGA, were immediately transported to the police clinic in Jalingo for examination and treatment upon regaining their freedom.

During a news briefing where the rescued victims were presented, CP Iloyanomon disclosed that one hostage had suffered the loss of an eye due to the brutality of the kidnappers, while another remained hospitalized with a gunshot wound. Alongside the rescued victims, 10 suspected kidnappers were also paraded by the police, apprehended while allegedly attempting to flee from the mountain.

Mr. Iloyanomon reiterated the commitment of the police to strengthen collaboration with local hunters and vigilantes, underscoring the importance of such partnerships in ensuring the safety and security of residents in Taraba State.

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