Kidnapped Taraba Travellers Regain Freedom After Eight Days In Captivity

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Map of Taraba
A map of Taraba, a state in Nigeria’s North-East region.


After spending eight days in captivity, abducted travellers along Jamptari-Gayam Express road in Gashaka Local Government Area of Taraba State, have regained their freedom.

The victims were said to be released in the early hours of Wednesday, although it is not clear if any ransom was paid.

Six of the victims are family members Gibon Timothy Kataps, the former Secretary to the Taraba State Government.

One of the victims is said to still be in captivity as no one has made an offer for his release.

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The former SSG in a press statement disclosed that the victims are undergoing medical attention and will return home thereafter.

He identified the family members as Emmanuel Kataps, David Kataps, Esabella Kataps, Esther Geoffrey, Rita David and Bala Magaji.

“On Wednesday, January 5, 2022, My family was attacked on their way to Jalingo. My wife and other members of the family were lucky to escape,” the statement read.

“I requested for fervent prayers from friends and loved ones since Prayers remain the best weapon to freedom. Today, 12 January 2022, at about 3am, after eight agonising and traumatic days in captivity.

“The Almighty God, who is the way maker, miracle worker and light in the darkness has again answered the numerous prayers of the faithful and delivered them from captivity and are home, following a negotiated release, and have commenced the necessary medical examinations and trauma therapy. I solicit your prayers and understanding in this regard.”

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