The rate of Crime in Jalingo Taraba State has been on the increase. Many residents have complained about the level at which petty thieves, kidnappers, hoodlums parade the streets of Jalingo, especially at night.
On Monday, two corps members who begged to be anonymous were attacked by petty thieves at Lasandi junction along Mile Six road block Jalingo. A Taravoices reporter spoke to the corps members and one of them narrated the incident saying; “we boarded a tricycle popularly known as Keke Napep from Flickers joint close to road block at about 8 pm, to Excellence International Academy with three other guys in the tri-cycle ( the driver inclusive). On reaching Lasandi Junction, the guys asked the tricycle driver to stop as if they want to alight, switched off the tricycle, removed the keys and asked us to come down and hand over our belongings. Realizing that they were thieves, we ran for our dear lives and immediately one of the thieves pulled out a knife and stabbed me in my back. My friend who ran into the bush got hurt in the process’’. The thieves went away with one of the girls’ handbag, phones and an undisclosed amount of money. The victims are currently receiving medical treatment and recuperating.
The Jalingo residents are therefore calling on the government to put security check points at night in strategic areas, and also assign the right body to install street lights around the State to help reduce the crime rate in the State.