Nigeria, Jan. 24 -- The Chairman of Ardo-Kola Local Government Area of Taraba State, Salihu Dovo, has been killed by gunmen who kidnapped him early Sunday morning, local residents have said.

They said the kidnappers called an official of the local government to announce they had murdered Mr Dovo and also mentioned where to recover his corpse.

Some community members suspect his abductors were hired assassins.

"They called an official of the Council to inform him of the killing, telling them to go and search for his corpse in the bush," one of our sources said.

"Members of the community went into the bush and started looking for his body and it was found not long ago. The body is being taken to town now," the source said.

The gunmen ha...