Okerafor Athanatius, Jalingo
Hajiya Deli Manu, mother of Taraba State Deputy Governor, Hon. Haruna Manu, reportedly abducted by unknown gunmen Monday, at her residence, Kasuwan area of Mutum Biyu, Headquarters of Gassol Local Government Area of the state has been released by her abductors at 11.40pm, Tuesday.
The Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the Deputy Governor, Mallam Lawan Sani who disclosed this while speaking to our Correspondent in Jalingo, said Mama Deli, a 70-yaer old woman was found hale and hearty in Mayo Kam village of Bali local Government Area, after spending 24 hours in the custody of her abductors.
CPS said the mother of his boss who was kidnapped by four armed men and was taken on Motor-bike to unknown destination told him that she was kept in an abandoned rundown shack of Fulani herdsmen in Mayo Kam village of Bali Local Government Area of the State.
“She said that her abductors treated her fairly well, in their statement, they claimed that it was not their bidding to abduct her”, Sani Said.
Sani explained that Mama Deli also told him that her abductors’ sponsors were within the locality of Mutum Biyu.
While expressing the happiness of the family over the release of Mama, who returned her house un-hurt, the CPS added, “I want you to believe that there is a suspected political game in this abduction”.
Confirming the release of Mama Deli Manu from her abductors, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Taraba State Command, DSP Joseph Kwaji said, the seventy-year old woman regained her freedom following a massive manhunt by the Police, stressing that the kidnappers had no option than to abandon their victim and asked her to go.
“She has been released hale and hearty and has rejoined family members at their compound in Mutum Biyu”, he said.
Kwaji who confirmed that no ransom was paid pointed out that investigation was on-going with a view to arresting the culprits.
PPRO, however, advised the people of the state to always be on high alert and to report suspected characters to the Police or other security agencies for prompt action.
He said the Police were now on visibility policing in all the entry points into Jalingo from Yola, Wukari, Benue and Cameroon to track down suspected criminals.