Jalingo residents in fear, despair as kidnapping rate soars




Residents of Jalingo, Taraba state capital on Sunday cried out over the increasing rate of kidnapping in the state.

A resident of Magami ward Mr Sabo Yakubu who spoke to Blueprint on the activities of the kidnappers lamented that it has reached a stage where people no longer sleep with their two eyes closed.

“As I speak with you, people no longer sleep comfortably in their homes anymore.

Two weeks ago, in my compound in Magami , kidnappers came in  at midnight, beat all the tenants and kidnapped two people.

Since then, whenever I hear any unusual sound, I came afraid” he said.

Also, a resident of ATC area of Jalingo, Mrs Philomena Aiwe said Taraba state government and the federal government need to take urgent steps to address this ugly trend of kidnapping in the state.

She explained that from January till date over 60 people have so far been kidnapped across the state.

“One thing that kept bothering us is the rate at which they operate within Jalingo.

“In past, we only hear of kidnapping in Takum, Ussa, Gashaka and other places, not the state capital.

“Few days ago, the state chairman of NBA Mr  Uban Doma was kidnapped in his house in Mayo-Dasa, and one business man in Sabon gari.  Once they noticed you are rich, the next thing is to ‘visit’ your house and kidnap you and start demanding for ransom” he explained.

She urged the state government take stringent action against the activities of kidnappers in Taraba state.

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