In Taraba, bandits kill a driver and burn cows.

Two pickup trucks transporting cattle to a local market in the Takum Local Government Area were set ablaze by suspected armed bandits, according to the Taraba State Police Command.

The incident on Sunday was also said to have resulted in the gruesome death of one of the pickup drivers, Adamu Takalafiya.

According to the command Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Abdullahi Usman, one of the pickup drivers narrowly escaped, while the second was killed by the bandits.

The drivers were said to have been intercepted along Takum-Kaahimbilla road while making their way to a nearby market.

The cattle being conveyed were also burnt, the police added.

The attack follows the release of Boyi Manja, Caretaker Committee Chairman of Takum, who was held captive for over three days.

Contrary to speculations that the bandits abducted the occupants of the burnt-down vehicles, the police described the rumour as false, stating 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, he said the command would leave no stone unturned to bring to book those behind the incident.

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