In Taraba Gunmen kidnap deputy governor’s mother, demand N300M ransom

Hajiya Hauwa-Belli Manu was kidnapped on Monday, February 8, 2016, from her son’s home in the Gassol Local Goverment Area of the state.

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Deputy Governor of Taraba State, Haruna Manu

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Unknown gunmen have abducted the mother of the Deputy Governor of Taraba State, Haruna Manu, reports say.

Hajiya Hauwa Belli Manu was kidnapped on Monday, February 8, 2016, from her son’s home in the Gassol Local Goverment Area of the state, Punch reports.

An eyewitness who spoke to Vanguard said that the abductors arrived the area on motorcycles and were heavily armed.

“They came on three motorcycles, they forcefully entered the house and forced the old woman to climb their motorcycle. They were hostile in their approach and ready to harm anyone who stand in their way,” the witness said.

“The person that carried the old woman was in the front of the two who were guarding from behind. The second motor cycle man fell down while they were trying to escape with the old woman, it was in the middle of the house of a neighbour to the deputy governor.

“When the neighbour rush out to ask who was riding motorcycle inside his compound, the gunmen who fell from the motor cycle got up and shot at the neighbour who is the landlord three times,” he added.

The abductors have reportedly demanded a ransom of N300 million from the family to secure the release of the deputy governor’s mother.

The incident has been confirmed by the state Police Public Relations Officer, Joseph Kwaji.

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