Residents of Wukari local government area of Taraba state on Friday expressed worry over the increasing rate of kidnapping in area.
The president of the Jukun Youth Cultural Development Association, Mr. Nafinji Danjuma, while briefing newsmen in Jalingo lamented that the issue of kidnapping in Wukari is getting worse.
He said that on the 5th February, 2021 at precisely 7:30pm, along by-gya village on the Wukari road, some suspected fulani armed bandits blocked the road and abducted 6 person but 2 escaped from kidnappers.
He noted that one of the victims, a sharon driver who was later released said ransom was paid along the Ibi-Chinkai river bank before his release.
He said that the victim who identified the kidnappers as fulani herdsmen said two of the victims were still in their custody.
He further said that on Saturday 6th March, 2021 around 8 pm at Wana village, suspected fulani bandits attacked 4 chain- saw operators and kidnapped two of them.
“Also on Monday 8th March 2021, activities of some herdsmen nearly escalated to serious crisis if not for the timely intervention of the Chairman of Wukari local government and the security operatives.
“This incident occurred in Kakhi, a settlement near bye-Pyi village along Wukari-Jalingo road following an argument between farmers and fulani herdsmen over grazing on cassava farm and yam seedlings belonging to one Bawa Sallah. It later resulted to serious misunderstanding where the fulani herdsmen used machete and injured a Tiv man who was working on his farm” he said.
He maintained that the leaders of the Jukun youth Cultural development association and other law abiding citizens are deeply worried and concerned about the ugly and the unfortunate development.
According to him, this trend if not urgently addressed may likely affect the socio economic development of Wukari and its environs.