A former Minister of Sports and Plateau State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Damishi Sango, and four other persons have been abducted by gunmen who have demanded N100m ransom.
State Publicity Secretary of the party, John Akans, said Sango had gone to secure an hotel accommodation for delegates ahead of the Saturday PDP convention in Abuja. "His kidnappers want N100 million", Jonathan Mapis, a family member, told newsmen on Thursday in Jos.
"Yes, it is true, the abductors of Hon Damishi T. Sango are demanding a ransom of N100m", he said.
-Plateau PDP chairman and his son kidnapped on their way to Abuja. None of them have been released. When they discovered that he was a party Chairman, they made such a demand, thinking there is money. "I am on my way to Abuja".
Mapis, however, said that no one had contacted the family so far.
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He said, "The Jere Road has been a flashpoint and Kaduna State is a den of kidnappers".
"On reaching the vehicle, they found a telephone belonging to his son in the auto".
"Those holding him called this afternoon".
He said that the Plateau Police Command had reached out to the Kaduna Command on the matter.
Party stakeholders from his country home in Riyom such as former federal lawmaker, Simon Mwadkwon, and the state Commissioner for Finance, Mang, have called on the Federal Government to make Nigerian roads safer for travellers with the establishment of security checkpoints at intervals on major highways in the country. "We are just so anxious and confused", he said. He urged security agencies to intensify efforts to ascertain the fate of the victims and rescue them.