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Over 100 cases of kidnapping recorded in Taraba, N250m paid in ransom in 9 months, Gov Ishaku reveals



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The governor of Taraba State, Darius Ishaku has revealed that over 100 cases of kidnapping was recorded in the state, and about N250 million paid as ransom between January and September, 2019.

The governor made this known on Thursday, in Jos, the Plateau State capital, during a one-day training for the conduct of “Operation Ayem-Akpatuma II“ by the 3 Division, Nigerian Army.

According to Ishaku, most families prefer to handle kidnap cases themselves without involving security operatives.

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He said; “From January to September, 100 cases of kidnapping were recorded and ransom ranging from N500,000 to N5m collected on each case.

“So many families prefer to handle cases of kidnapping themselves without involving security agencies, so the records may be higher.

“But from the information available from security agencies, at least 100 cases of kidnappings were recorded from January to September and over N250m collected from poor families.

“This disturbing situation calls for government to support security agencies to tackle this growing security concern.

“In view of this we have donated 26 motorcycles and two Hilux vans to support the army in their ‘Operation Ayem Akpatuma II in the State’,” he added.

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