Gunmen have killed the traditional ruler of Garin Moddibo town in Taraba State, Alhaji Muhammadu.
The invaders also kidnapped the ruler’s wife, son and four locals when they attacked the town, located a few kilometres from Sunkani headquarters of Ardo- Kola Local Government Area of the state, at about 11.30pm on Monday.
The gunmen attacked two neighbouring villages where they kidnapped four villagers, including a nursing mother.
The killing of the ruler could be a reprisal as a local said the late traditional ruler had been supporting youths in the area to protect the community from kidnappers.
The state chairman of Hunters Association, Dantala Adamu, is leading hunters in the search in the forest and mountains to rescue the kidnapped persons.
Chairman of Ardo-Kola LGA, Dalhatu Kawu, said he has the matter to Taraba State government.
“Our local government area is under the siege of bandits and they are kidnapping our people day and night and right now special police force and hunters are doing their best to arrest the situation,” he said.
The spokesperson for the Taraba State Police Command, SP Usman Abdullahi, said there were attacks in the area, but declined further details.