Bandits assassinate Taraba's traditional lord and his son.


Udeng Ibrahim Yamusa, the traditional ruler of Yukuben chiefdom in Taraba State's Takum Local Government Area, and his son, Musa Ibrahim, were assassinated by gunmen suspected of being bandits.

On Thursday, July 28, bandits kidnapped the monarch and his son near Kpambo, along Takum Kashimbila road, while going home from Takum, the capital of Takum LGA. Villagers launched a search for the father and son but were unsuccessful.

Their remains were discovered in a thicket near the road in the early hours of July 30.

Pastor John Ibrahim, his first son, confirmed the tragedy to Channels Television, saying the victims were brutally slain on their way back to the chiefdom.

"These alleged militants kidnapped my father and brother." "Because of our poor road network, they opted to drive on a motorcycle rather than his official car," he explained.

The traditional ruler, who he claimed was supposed to attend a peace meeting in Takum, decided to return home after the meeting was rescheduled.

Ibrahim was perplexed as to why the bandits who had been terrorising towns in Yangtu Special Development Area, Takum, and Ussa local government districts had decided to take his father and brother's lives at the same time.

While urged security operatives to leave no stone unturned in bringing the criminals to justice, he advocated for the deployment of troops to Taraba State's southern zone.

The bodies of the traditional ruler and his son were recovered in a bush in another community far distant from the scene of the kidnapping, according to the acting spokesperson of the State Police Command, DSP Kwache Gambo, who confirmed the tragedy to Channels on Saturday night.

According to Gambo, an inquiry into the incident has begun as authorised by the state commissioner of police in order to identify individuals responsible for the homicide.

The statement also urged citizens to report any suspicious movements or threats to life as soon as possible so that authorities can intervene.


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