The Taraba state police command has confirmed the death of kidnapped member of the Taraba State House of Assembly, Hosea Ibi, representing Takum I constituency.
This was revealed by the Police spokesman in the state, David Misal, who said the body of the lawmaker was found at Kwari, along Takum-Kashimbilla road.
He said: “Yes, it has been confirmed, the body was found this afternoon at Kwari, along Takum -Kashimbilla road.”
Ibi was kidnapped on December 30 last year, in Takum when he went home for Christmas celebration. Eyewitnesses said he was whisked away at gunpoint by his abductors, who were on riding a motorcycle.
Taraba State governor, Darius Ishaku, said he has been devastated by the death. “My heart has been broken,” he said.
Ibi’s colleague, Mark Useni, a former Speaker and member now representing Takum II, described Ibi’s death as shocking.
Useni noted that the people of Takum who were eagerly waiting for his release have been thrown into mourning this afternoon. “It’s a very sad news to the people of Takum and the entire state,” he said.