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Plateau State: Gunmen Kidnap Clergy Man, 3 others

The Maigemu District of Jos East Local Government Area of Plateau State was thrown into confusion on Wednesday when gunmen in large numbers stormed the community and kidnapped a clergyman and three other people.

The invading criminal gunmen numbering about 8 came in motorcycles and took the victims away.

IoiNews  learned that the gunmen targeted the ECWA Church Nuku area in the district at about 5:40 am and kidnapped a clergyman (name withheld) in his house.

He was whisked away in the presence of his family. Despite the plea and cry of his family for the criminals, they took him away in the most gruesome manner.

A source close to the community revealed to our correspondent that the gunmen, who operated unhindered for close to 40 minutes, also kidnapped three other people namely, Usman Umaru, Agwom Dauda, and a woman identified as Sarah.

The source further disclosed that the gunmen who released several gunshots into the air to scare away people, especially the vigilantes and hunters, from coming out to rescue, left with their victims in a car while others trailed behind on their motorcycles.

It was gathered that the security men, vigilantes, and hunters are combing the hills within the vicinity with the aim of arresting the kidnappers and their accomplices terrorizing the local

A relative of the clergyman who spoke on condition of anonymity disclosed that the kidnappers have not gotten in touch with the family for ransom.

When contacted, the spokesman of the Plateau State Command of the Nigerian Police Force, DSP Alfred Alabo, who confirmed the incident, said men of the command are on top of the situation to arrest the criminals

IoiNews further gathered that the security situation in the North central state has plummeted following the influx of terrorist and criminals in the states. No fewer than 200 persons have been killed and over 150 others kidnapped in the last one year in the state.

People have been dislodged from their ancestral homes, with no protection from the government. The question in the lips of the people of the state is, has the government ‘abandoned US’ to our fate?

IMAGE: Crime watch

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