The Chief Press Secretary to the governor of Taraba state as well as two other persons have been reportedly abducted
Hassan Mijinyawa, the Chief Press Secretary to Taraba State Governor, has been reportedly abducted by unknown gunmen along Bali-Gashaka-Gembu highway in the early hours of Wednesday, Punch Metro reports.
Also said to have been abducted alongside the CPS is an expatriate whose country of origin is yet to be ascertained at the time of filing this report.
Wife of the kidnapped CPS, Hajjiya Sekina Mijinyawa, who confirmed this development to journalists, said her husband left home for Gembu in Sardauna Local Government Area at about 7:00am, and was kidnapped thereafter.
“He was on his way to the Mambilla Plateau to join his principal, Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku, who is on campaign tour of the area.
“He left in a Press Crew bus and I learnt he was kidnapped alongside a government official with whom he was driving in the Press Crew bus.
“I want to appeal to the kidnappers to temper justice with mercy and release my husband unhurt,” she appealed.
One Yusuf Garba, who narrowly escaped the incident, said apart from the CPS and the government official that were abducted, an expatriate whom he said was on his way to one of the Internally Displaced Persons’ camp, was also kidnapped.
Garba, who narrated how the kidnappers took over the highway for several hours, said the CPS and the other victims were dispossessed of their belonging, before they were led away into the forest by their abductors.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. David Akinremi, also confirmed the incident, but said Police have been deployed to the area to commence search for the victims.