Abducted Taraba chief escapes from captors



Daniel Mbatelen escapes from his captors.

Daniel Mbatelen abducted by yet to be identified persons in Taraba State has escaped from the custody of his captors.

According to a family source, Mbatelen ran into the family compound at Dan-Anacha on Saturday afternoon while they were holding a meeting on how to raise the ransom demanded for his release.

The source added that Mbatelen was unhurt, and how he escaped remained a mystery his relatives do not understand.

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The chief’s escape from captivity came hours after his abductors contacted his family members through telephone and demanded a ransom of N100 million, Channels TV reported.

Mbatelen, the chief of the Tiv cultural group in Dan-Anacha, at a suburb of Gassol Local Government Area of Taraba State was abducted on January 1, 2020.