Residents of Jalingo, Taraba State capital, now live in fear following the increase in cases of kidnapping in the metropolis.
Daily Trust reports that top government officials, key politicians and renowned big-time businessmen are now sleeping with one eye open in fear of kidnappers and other criminal elements that carry their activities mostly at night.
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Within the last few months many people, including a permanent secretary and a member of the House of Assembly, were abducted at different locations in the metropolis and its environs.
Worst areas affected by kidnapping include Sabon Gari, ATC Quarters, Donga Bridge, Primary Board, Mile Six, Nana Aisha and the Specialist Hospital.
The recent kidnapping and killings of the Chairman of Ardo-Kola LGA and his nephew have further heightened fear among the residents.
Daily Trust further reports that many wealthy individuals and large-scale farmers relocated to Jalingo from Tella, Iware, Garba-Chede, Maihula, Bali Garin Abba, Mutum Biyu, among other villages and towns because of the high rate of kidnapping.
Taraba State Governor, Darius Dickson Ishaku, while reacting to the killings of Mr Salihu Dovo and his nephew, said it was barbaric and assured that the perpetrators would not be allowed to go free.
Gov Ishaku, therefore, has directed security agencies to step up investigations to fish out the murderers so that they would be made to face the music.
About the killed chairman, the governor said, “As chairman he did a lot to make life much more meaningful for the people of his local government area; the reason he enjoyed popularity among them.”