By Wilson Adekumola
Suspected armed bandits have reportedly set two pickup vehicles conveying cattle to a local market in the Takum Local Government Area ablaze in Taraba State.
The State Police Command confirmed the incident occured on Sunday, explaining the gruesome killing of one of the pickup drivers, Adamu Takalafiya.
PPRO Abdullahi Usman said one of the pick up drivers narrowly escaped, the second was killed by the bandits, adding that the cattle being convey were also burnt.
The drivers were said to have been intercepted along Takum-Kaahimbilla road while making their way to a nearby market.
The attack was said to have followed the release of Boyi Manja, Caretaker Committee Chairman of Takum, who was held captive for over three days.
However, the command dispelled the speculations that the bandits abducted the occupants of the burnt-down vehicles, regarding the rumour as false.
It stressed that “apart from one of the drivers that was killed and the cows that were burnt, nobody was kidnapped.”
While calling on persons with useful information to reach out to the command, the police spokesman said the command would do everything in its capacity to apprehend and Prosecute the perpetrators of the unfortunate incident.
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