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Traditional Ruler Resists Abduction, Kills Two in Self-defense

Traditional Ruler Resists Abduction, Kills Two in Self-defense

Deputy Gov., Engr. Haruna Manu

Deputy Gov., Engr. Haruna Manu

The District Head of Mayo Selbe in Gashaka Local Government Area of Taraba, Jauro Hammangabdo, has over powered a group of kidnappers who attempted to abduct him, killing two and injuring about three of them.

Mr. Hammangabdo confronted the kidnappers who invaded his palace on Wednesday night. The kidnappers who were about nine in number gained access to the traditional ruler’s palace and went into his bedroom, but the district head resisted the attempt to abduct him and engaged them in a fight.

It was gathered that the monarch used a sharp sword during the fight and killed two of the kidnappers while others took to their heels leaving dangerous weapons behind.

The Deputy Governor of the State, Haruna Manu, who visited the area and sympathised with Lamdo of Gashaka, Zubairu Hammangabdo, a brother of the district head, 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 also confirmed the incident to NAN, said that Mr. Hammangabdo had sustained deep cut in his head and hands and was admitted at the Military Hospital of the 20 Battalion in Serti, headquarters in the Local Government Area.

Mr. Gayam said he had visited the injured district head and that he was responding to treatment adding that the two kidnappers that were killed by the royal father were identified through their identity cards.

He further disclosed that they were members of the kidnapping gang that had terrorised the area disguising as members of a vigilance group.

He stated with dismay that 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.

Rescue Watch: November 2016 Report for Gashaka

Rescue Watch: November 2016 Report for Gashaka

Activity Observation Remark
Visit to the palace of Head of Gangumi Ward The District Head was full of joy for the recognition accorded him and his people. The District Head promised full support for His Excellency.
Town hall Meeting at Gangumi Ward

Participants were overwhelmed with joy as this was the first time a government came to them not during election.

The following were request presented by participants:

  • Grading of road from Gayam to Gangumi.
  • Gangumi produces farm products but lack accessible roads to transport them.
Ministry of Rural Development to note.

Lack of portable drinking water in Gangumi as Community depends on water from nearby river.

Ministry of Water Resources to note.
  Request for the renovation of primary School as pupils still receive lessons under trees. Ministry of Education/SUBEB to note.

Mal. Musa Umar, the PDP Chairman of Gangumi expressed gratitude to Hon Nicholas Bulus for providing the only engine boat in use when he was a Member TRHA.

He requested his Excellency to compliment the effort.

Description Request for a Health Facility in all villages in the ward. CTC Chairman to note.
Description Requested for grading of Gangumi-Machula road. Ministry of Works and Transport/TARCMA to note.

PDP Woman Leader appreciated His Excellency’s empowerment programme and pleaded for inclusion of more Women.

Chief of Staff/SA Manifesto to note.

Visit o Skill Acquisition Centers


All participants were in their training centres and catching up with training.


The team leader encouraged them to pay more attention.

Visits to Sick and Physically Challenged persons

Mallam Muhammadu Ibrahim who is Physically challenged was assisted with the sum of N10,000. He appreciated the gesture of His Excellency as this was the first assistance since his ordeal.
  Mallam Gidado Umar, An accident victim on crutches was given the sum of N10,000. He appreciated the gesture of His Excellency as this was the first assistance since his ordeal.
  Alh. Ahmadi Haladu who has been confined to wheel chair for the past 20 years since his accident, was given the sum of N10,000. He appreciated the kind gesture of His excellency.
  Assisted Mallam Musa Ishaku’s daughter with N10,000 for eye operation  
  Other patients assisted include: Mal Abubakar Isa Gashaka N10,000; ASP Yusuf Tukur (Rtd) a case of Stroke N20,000; Mal Buba musa a diabetic N10,000. They were all full of joy and appreciation to His Excellency for this is the first time such is being experienced in the state.
  Water pump and overhead tank in serti has been vandalized. Ministry of Water Resources to note.
Visit to Government facilities. The bridge at mayo-Jam in Jamtari ward is seriously eroded. All the pillars are badly affected. Ministry of Works and transport to draw attention of Federal Ministry of Works to this.