Gunmen numbering over 20 have kidnapped a traditional ruler in Plateau State, Aminu Derwan, after attacking his palace in Panyam, in the Mangu Local Government Area of the state.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the gunmen succeeded in taking away Derwan, who is the district head of Panyam, after scaring residents with gunshots in the early hours of Monday.
A resident, Moses Garuba, said, “It was last night around 12am that the bandits surrounded the district head’s palace in Panyam.
“Because his house was not fenced, some villagers who saw how his house was surrounded by strange people, alerted other members of the community through a community bell. But immediately the bandits heard the bell, they started firing gunshots and eventually went away with the traditional ruler, leaving the community helpless.”
A family member of the victim said the hoodlums later contacted some family members on the phone and demanded N150m as ransom.
The spokesman for the Plateau State Police Command, Alabo Alfred, said detectives had been deployed in the community to rescue the monarch and apprehend the perpetrators.
In a related development, hoodlums suspected to be bandits have attacked Zira village in the Toro LGA of Bauchi State, where they kidnapped the village head, Yahya Abubakar, and his son, Habibu.
The incident is coming barely 24 hours after suspected bandits launched an attack on Tudun Wadan Jada village in the Alkaleri LGA of Bauchi State and killed four people.
The District Head of Lame, Aliyu Lame, said the latest incident happened on Saturday, adding that the kidnappers had yet to contact the victims’ family.
He said, “Yes, it is true that the village head of Zira was abducted along with his son last Saturday by bandits.”
The Bauchi State Police Command confirmed the incident on Monday.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Ahmed Wakil, a Superintendent of Police, said, “The command has since dispatched a team of detectives and other police officers to rescue the victims and presently, our men are combing the bush in search of the abducted victims.”