Gunmen gun down Taraba traditional ruler in his palace

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The late Alhaji Abdulmutalib Jankada

The traditional ruler of Sansani chiefdom in Gassol local government area of Taraba state, Alhaji Abdulmutalib Jankada, has died.

He was killed by gunmen who invaded his palace on Thursday night.

According to witnesses, the assailants who rode into Sansani town on motorcycles, sneaked into the palace to gun down their target.

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It was gathered that the gunmen went straight to a room where the Monarch was sitting and shot him severally, seizing his phones afterwards.

Sources said that he died on the spot, and that the attack took palace guards and family members unaware.

Musa Sansani, a resident of Sansani town, said they heard sound gunshots but did not know the shots were from the palace.

“The late chief told us Yesterday that he was traveling to Ibbi for Nwonyo fishing Festival which is taking place on Friday and Saturday.

“We never knew the Chief did not travel Yesterday evening so when we heard the gunshots, we did not suspect it was inside the palace,” he said.

Sansani said the gunmen quietly left the town after killing their victim.

He said it was his wife who found him dead inside his room that raised alarm which attracted the entire people in the town and other towns in the chiefdom.

“We are mourning and the late chief will be buried after Friday prayers,” he said

It would be recalled that the late chief was earlier abducted along Jalingo-Wukari road two years ago and ransom was paid before his release.

The incident brings the number of traditional rulers killed by gunmen in the state to seven in the last few years.

When contacted,  Commissioner of Police in Taraba, David lloyanomon, referred our reporter to the command’s public relations officer, SP Usman Abdullahi.

But Abdullahi told our reporter that he was sick and could not comment.

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