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The traditional ruler of Yukuben Chiedom in Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State was reportedly killed by gunmen suspected to be bandits.
PLATFORM TIMES reports that the suspected bandits also killed his driver who is also his son.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that the gunmen had kidnapped the traditional ruler and his son on Thursday in an ambush while returning home from Takum, the headquarters of Takum LGA before killing them.
The deceased king’s first son who is also his secretary, Pastor John Ibrahim, disclosed that the victims were gruesomely murdered while on their way back to the chiefdom.
He said, “My father and brother were taken unaware by these suspected militias. They decided to travel on a motorcycle leaving his official car because of our dilapidated road network.”
PLATFORM TIMES also gathered that the traditional ruler, who was scheduled to attend a peace meeting in Takum, decided to return home because the meeting was postponed.
Ibrahim could not ascertain why the bandits who have been terrorizing communities in Yangtu Special Development Area, Takum, and Ussa local government areas, have decided to cut short the lives of his father and brother at the same time.
While urging security operatives not to leave any stone unturned in bringing the perpetrators to book, he called for the deployment of troops to the southern zone of Taraba State.
The acting Police Public Relations Officer in Taraba, DSP Kwache Gambo, who confirmed the incident on Saturday night, said the remains of the traditional ruler and his son were discovered in a bush in another community far away from the scene of the kidnap.
Gambo said, “an investigation into the incident has commenced as directed by the state commissioner of police to unravel those behind the killing.”
She also asked residents to always report suspicious movements or threats to life early enough to enable the police to nip the situation in the bud.
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