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Disaster was averted yesterday as the youths of Suntai and adjoining villages in Donga mobilised and rescued 15 farmers who were abducted by gunmen while working on a farm in Donga local government area of Taraba state.
Investigations revealed that the farmers which were made up of 12 men and 3 women were on a group farming expedition in Donga LGA when they were picked up by the gunmen.
It was learnt that they were lined and taken along a bush path to meet another set of gunmen. However, two of the kidnappers were also nabbed by the search and rescue team drawn from Suntai, in Bali LGA, and Mararaba in Donga LGA.
The Chief of Suntai Chiefdom, HRH Umaru Haruna, spoke to Vanguard via telephone. According to him, “the farmers are residents in Suntai but they went for group farming expedition in the farm of one of their friend in Donga. “While they were on the farm, the gunmen seized them and led them across the bush path to a location to meet another set of armed men where they wanted to divide those abducted.
‘It was during this process that they fled with the three women and abandoned the 12 men when they saw that the search and rescue party were close to their location.
‘The 12 were recovered and brought to the palace. The youth continued with their trail of the fleeing kidnappers who still had three women with them.
‘Along the line, one nursing mother was abandoned while they held the remaining two women captive, of which one was pregnant.
‘The youths recovered the nursing mother and nabbed two of the kidnappers who were brought to town.
‘At this time, villages along that axis heard of what was going on and also mobilized to chase the kidnappers. The kidnappers eventually abandoned the remaining two women and fled’ he added.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK