The Taraba Police Command has discovered the mangled bodies of the wives and children of the traditional chief of Mutum Biyu, HRH Sani Mohammed.
Gunmen had stormed the town on January 19, carting away several hostages, including two wives and five Children of the monarch in Gassol local government area of the state.
The state commissioner for information and reorientation, Lois Emmanuel issued a press statement in which he strongly denounced the murders, calling them “barbaric, ungodly, and inhuman”.
The government regretted that the most recent development had thwarted its long-term efforts to rid the state of kidnappers and other types of banditry, the statement said.
Only recently, the state government reaffirmed its commitment to maintaining a “sufficient level” of protection for property and life.
Additionally, it promised to strengthen collaboration with security organisations in the state in order to hold those responsible for such “heinous crimes” accountable.
The government, according to the press release, has offered its condolences to the grieving monarch and the citizens of Mutum-Biyu Chiefdom for the “unfortunate incident”, and prayed God to grant rest to the souls of the deceased as well as strength to their families to endure the “irreparable losses”.
Confirming the incident, the police public relations officer in the state, Abdullahi Usman said one of the monarch’s children escaped the kidnappers and is currently receiving medical care in an undisclosed health facility.
He confirmed that the bodies of the other victims were found in the early hours of Saturday in Daka village, a neighbourhood of the Bali Local Government Area.
Writing by Abdullahi Lamino; Editing by Tony Okerafor