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  • News - North East - Taraba
  • Updated: September 11, 2023

Taraba Police Clarifies Misleading Kidnapping Report

Taraba Police Clarifies Misleading Kidnapping Report

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The Taraba State Police Command has issued a clarification regarding a recent kidnapping incident that occurred in the early hours of Saturday along UMCN Seminary Road, Mile Six in Jalingo. 

The incident, which has garnered attention on social media platforms, involved the family of a police officer and has sparked concern among the public.

According to the police command, the misleading kidnapping report reads: "On the 10th Sept. 2023, at about 0210hrs, The Divisional Police Officer Jalingo Division, and the Men of the Tactical Unit of the Command received a distress call indicating that there were heavy gunshots heard around the neighbourhood at Mile Six area.

"Information has it that unknown gunmen scaled through the fence and invaded the house of one CSP BALANKO ALEX GAMALIEL.

"The Police officer is attached to Rivers State Police Command, but he is in Jalingo on sick leave. 

"However, the gunmen fled before the arrival of the Police, meanwhile The hoodlums kidnapped the wife of CSP BALANKO ALEX GAMALIEL Mrs Agnes Balanko age 38yrs and his daughter Miss Winnie Tamak age 13yrs, to an unknown destination. 

"The owner of the house CSP Balanko Alex Gamaliel was short on his leg, alongside his daughter Miss Patient Tamak.

"Victims were rushed to FMC Jalingo for treatment, but the girl was confirmed dead by the Medical Doctor while receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre Jalingo."

In reaction, the command clarified that CSP Gamaliel was not kidnapped but his wife and daughter were abducted while one Patient Tamak was shot.

He added that Tamak was confirmed dead by a Medical Doctor at the Federal Medical Center Jalingo. 

"Therefore the Command wants to put the record straight and make it clear to the members of the public that CSP BALANKO ALEX GAMALIEL was not kidnapped, his wife and daughter were those that were kidnapped and one Miss Patient Tamak was shot.

"She was confirmed dead by a Medical Doctor at Federal Medical Center Jalingo.

"On this note, the Command is calling on good citizens to disregard the report making news on social media platforms, as it is misleading, and misinforming which can lead to a breach of peace," the command explained.

SP Abdullahi Usman, the command's spokesperson, made this known in a statement on Monday.

According to Usman, the State's Commissioner of Police, CP Yusuf A. Suleiman, assured the people of the state that the command remains committed to ensuring their safety.

"The Commissioner of Police is calling on members of the public to shun spreading fake and mischievous information that could lead to the breakdown of law and order in the State capital.

"Finally, he urges members of the public to assist the Police by giving them useful and actionable information that may help the Police in their fight against crime and criminality in the State," Usman stated.

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