Body of a lawmaker representing Takum I in the Taraba State House of Assembly, Hon. Hosea Ibi, has been discovered in a bush at Kwari village on the borders of Benue State.
Ibi was abducted on December 30, 2017 by some gunmen in Takum Local Government Area.
He was kidnapped about 9:30p.m. from his mother’s compound at Korota II in Takum and taken to unknown destination where was held hostage.
A member of the state Assembly close to the deceased told our correspondent that relations and friends of the lawmaker had been negotiating with the kidnappers with the view to securing his release.
He added that the kidnappers had collected N25 million ransom from Ibi’s friends and relatives with a promise to release him on Sunday.
“It is unfortunate that while we are anxiously waiting for his release, we got the news that his corpse was found in the bush at Kwari village bordering Benue and Taraba states,” the legislator said.
It was learnt that after killing Ibi, the kidnappers dumped his body in the bush. Kwari village, where Ibi’s body was found, is about two kilometres to the village of the wanted suspected criminal, Terwase Gwaza alias Gahna.
The news of Ibi’s death has shocked the people of the state, including Governor Darius Ishaku, who suspended all official engagements yesterday.
The killing heightened tension which forced government to decleared an indefinite dusk to dawn curfew in Takum Local Government Area.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP David Misal, said he received the report of the death of the lawmaker but that he was still making further inquiries to authenticate the report.