At least, one person has been confirmed dead in an attempt to kidnap Dr. Mike Dio-Jen, the Provost of Taraba College of Education Zing, at his residence in Jalingo.
The incident which occurred in the early hours of Friday, at the Green Beach area of Kona ward, in Jalingo, saw a gang of kidnappers attack and shoot their way through the gates to the official residence of the provost
Freedomonline reports that the hoodlums, however, met stiff resistance by security operatives guarding the provost’s house and in the cross-fire that followed, the gateman of the house was hit while the kidnappers succumbed to superior firepower and fled the area through a nearby river.
The remains of the slain gateman, Mr Shawulu Yeshi, a staff of the college, have been deposited at the morgue of Federal Medical Centre, in Jalingo.
The Police spokesman in Taraba State, ASP David Misal, confirmed the incident, saying the police were investigating the case.
Misal added that the police would do their best to see that crime was nipped in the bud in the state.
In spite of the enactment of the anti-kidnapping prohibition law signed by Governor Darius Ishaku, the menace of kidnapping in the state was still a daunting challenge.