The freedom of the kidnapped member representing Takum I in the Taraba State House of Assembly, Hosea Ibi, is hinged on the ability of his family to pay N75 million.

A family source said on Thursday that the kidnappers have contacted a family friend, who is also a lawmaker in the State House of Assembly, to whom they made the demand.

Hon. Hosea Ibi was kidnapped last Saturday in his hometown, Takum, by yet to be identified gunmen.

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The Police Public Relations Officer, ASP David Misal, said the Taraba State Police Command is not aware of the ransom being demanded.

Misal, however, urged the family not to pay any ransom to the kidnappers as the police is working to ensure the free and safe release of the lawmaker.

According to him, substantial progress has made in respect of the case.

This is the second time in less than two years that such a high profile kidnapping is happening in the state.

The first was the kidnapping of the mother of the state Deputy Governor, Haruna Manu in 2016.


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