KIDNAPPERS TAKING OVER JALINGO, RESIDENTS CRY OUT

Ag Police IG, M.A Adamu

Residents of Jalingo, capital of Taraba State, have appealed to the Inspector General of Police to send a special squad to the city to deal with increasing cases of kidnapping.

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A community leader in the city, Alhaji Usman Habu, said in an interview with Daily Trust that kidnappers are now on the prowl in the metropolis.

According to him, kidnapping is a daily occurrence in the metropolis, adding that every night between two to three persons are abducted in the metropolis.

He said kidnappers now target wealthy individuals and senior civil servants and members of their families.

He said to the dismay of the residents, no single kidnapper has been arrested in the metropolis.

Daily Trust findings revealed that most streets in the metropolis become empty as early as 7.30pm as most residents retire to their homes for fear of the hoodlums.

Within the last few weeks, more than 20 persons were abducted in the metropolis apart from those abducted in other parts of the state.

Commenting on the increase in kidnapping in the metropolis, the police command spokesman, DSP David Misal, said it was doing its best to tackle the activities of kidnappers and other crimes in the state.