The Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, on Tuesday charged security agencies to arrest the kidnappers of the murdered Taraba lawmaker, Hosea Ibi, who was found dead on Monday.
This is even as he warned residents of Takum against bringing ethnic sentiment into the issue, by blaming any ethnic group for the abduction and subsequent killing of the lawmaker.
Ishaku, who is an indigene of Takum, gave the warning when members of the state House Assembly paid him a condolence visit.
According to him, Ibi’s gruesome murder is a criminal act that is unacceptable to any ethnic group.
“This is a criminality, I have warned the people against attacking anybody or any tribe because this is not about tribe. Don’t go and say that they have attacked a Jukun, and you are going to retaliate.
“It is purely a criminal act that would be handled by the appropriate authorities. Don’t bring more problems to us because we already have many to deal with,” he warned.
He lamented the brutal killing of the lawmaker by his abductors even as he said an undisclosed ransom was paid to them twice for his release.
The governor urged security operatives in the state to ensure that the perpetrators of the heinous act were arrested and prosecuted.
While describing the late Ibi as a quiet, level-headed and a courageous gentleman, he prayed God to give the lawmakers and the family the fortitude to bear the loss.
He said the killing of Ibi had shown clearly that the kidnappers were not only interested in ransom but the lawmaker’s life.
Diah described Ibi as a great democrat, a seasoned lawyer and a dogged fighter for the progress of the state.