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Nine Taraba fishermen reportedly kidnapped by IPOB

By Yusuf Salihu Sansani, Jalingo

The fate of Nine fishermen from Ibi town of Ibi Local Government in Taraba State said to be abducted by members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB), in Osama village, Ogbolu Local Government area of Anambra State is yet to be ascertained.

Families of the fishermen said five days after they were missing they received calls from some people claiming to be IPOB members demanding ransom.

A relative of the victims, Sule Hussain said
“Nine of the fishermen were kidnapped and four of them were killed at the spot last Monday and we received calls from some people claiming to be IPOB members demanding ransom for the release of the remaining fishermen”.

He said they demanded to speak with any of the fishermen to ensure that they are alive but the callers refused and that
they have not communicated with any of them five days after they were taken into the forest in a remote part of Anambra State.

“Some people are calling us to pay ransom but we declined because they refused to connect us to speak with any of those being held” Hussain added.
Hussain maintained that their main concern is to know whether the victims are live or killed.

“We appealed to Taraba State Government to do something about the incident, all of those being held have wives and children” Hussein noted.

Commenting, Special Adviser to Taraba State Governor on Media and Digital Communications, Mr. Emmanuel Bello who described the killing of the fishermen as barbaric said the state government is aware of the situation and is working to free the hostages.

“The Governor and Government of Taraba State is aware of the situation, the Governor is committed to see that the people are rescued alive,” Bello said.

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