BY CHAMBERLAIN ODEY, JOS – Gunmen, suspected to be kidnappers, who on Wednesday abducted the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman in Plateau State, Damishi Sango and four others, are demanding a N100 million ransom to release their victims.
The kidnappers struck along the Kafanchan-Abuja highway to whisk away the former Sports Minister reported to have left Jos around 2pm en-route Abuja for the party’s elective National Convention.
It was gathered that the gunmen, who had forced the PDP chairman’s car to a stop, later abandoned the Jeep on the road as they whisked him and three others to an unknown destination
Since then, family and PDP sources said neither him nor his driver has been seen. However, latest reports reaching Forefront said the kidnappers are demanding a N100 million as ransom for their victim’s.
The police is yet to make any public statement on the abduction but the State Publicity Secretary of the PDP Plateau State John Akans KSM confirmed the incident.
The Publicity Secretary, who condemned the act, called on the security agencies to ensure unconditional and safe release of the State party chairman, his driver and two others.
The Kidnapped Plateau PDP chairman was traveling with a one time PDP factional chairman in the State, Emmanuel Magni, one of Sango’s sons, a police orderly, and his driver.
Providing an update on the development, the State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, John Akans, said; “there is no communication yet from the abductors, but security agents have stepped into the matter, and have commenced preliminary investigations “.
While assuring the families of Sango and others kidnapped of positive results, Mr Akans also said; “We trust the security agents to be on top of the situation”.
He called on the families of the victims, their friends and associates and party members at all levels to remain calm and continue to pray for their safety and quick release.
Meanwhile, a PDP chieftain in Jos told Forefront exclusively that the kidnappers have opened up from their hideout, and claimed responsibility for the custody of the quintet.
The source said they are demanding a ransom of N100 million to set their captives free. This information has however helped to calm nerves on whether the victims are hale and hearty