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Police, hunters dislodge kidnappers on Taraba mountain, rescue 40 victims

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Police, hunters dislodge kidnappers on Taraba mountain, rescue 40 victims

The Taraba State Police Command said its men, in collaboration with local hunters, have rescued 40 kidnapped victims in Yorro Local Government Area of the state.

Mr David Iloyanomon, Taraba State Commissioner of Police, said the success was achieved due to strategic use of the local hunters, who were familiar with the terrain.

The CP explained that the kidnappers’ den was located atop the Gongomaliki Mountain, from where the kidnappers looked out for security operatives from afar, then launched attacks on them when they approach.

“We deployed another strategy of using the local hunters and vigilante, who dislodged them, neutralised some and rescued 40 victims, while police operatives at strategic locations arrested ten suspects, who were fleeing the mountain,” he said.

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Iloyanomon noted that the rescued hostages were taken to the police clinic in Jalingo for examination and treatment, after they regained freedom.

He said the victims were kidnapped from Dilla, Lanko, and Gampu communities in Yorro like local government area, and Dekko and Kotsensi communities of Monkin B ward in Zing local government area.

While parading the rescued victims at a news briefing, the CP explained that one of the rescued hostages had an eye plucked out by the kidnappers, while another who had a gunshot injury was still in the hospital, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

He also paraded the suspected kidnappers who were arrested by police operatives, while allegedly fleeing from the mountain.

Iloyanomon said the police would enhance the collaboration with local hunters and vigilantes to ensure the safety of residents.

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