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Traditional ruler escapes abduction, kills two kidnappers

​The District Head of Mayo Selbe in Gashaka Local Government Area of Taraba State, Jauro Hammangabdo, has escaped from the hands of kidnappers who attempted to abduct him.

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The District Head of Mayo Selbe in Gashaka Local Government Area of Taraba State, Jauro Hammangabdo, has escaped from the hands of kidnappers who attempted to abduct him.

The kidnappers who were about nine in number stormed the traditional ruler’s palace on Wednesday night in an attempt to kidnap him.

Hammangabdo confronted the kidnappers and engaged them in a fight killing two of them while others fled.

It was gathered that the monarch used a sharp sword during the fight and killed two of the kidnappers and the rest took to their heels leaving some of their guns behind.

The Deputy Governor of the state, Haruna Manu, who visited the area and sympathised with Lamdo of Gashaka, Zubairu Hammangabdo commended the courage of the traditional ruler.

He said cases of kidnapping had become a source of concern to the government and people of the state.

The Chairman of the Local Government, Mohammed Gayam, who confirmed the incident to News Agency of Nigeria, said that Hammangabdo had sustained deep cut in his head and hands and was admitted at the Military Hospital of the 20 Battalion in Serti, headquarters of the local government.

Mr. Gayam said he had visited the injured district head and that he was responding to treatment.

“The two kidnappers that were killed by the royal father were identified through their identity cards; they were members of the kidnapping gang terrorising the area disguising as members of a vigilance group.

“In the past few weeks, about 17 persons were abducted in the area and about three of them were killed by the kidnappers following failure of their relations to pay the ransom.

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“Kidnappers and other criminals had turned the surrounding forest in the area to their den, terrorising neighboring towns.

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