Gunmen Abduct Damishi Sango, 4 Others; Demand N100m

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A former Minister of Sports and now Plateau State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hon. Damishi Sango was yesterday kidnapped with four others travelling with him, including his son.

The five were on their way to attend the PDP national convention in Abuja.

The kidnappers made contact with Sango’s family yesterday afternoon and demanded N100 million ransome.

The state party Publicity Secretary, John Akans confirmed the ransom demand but stated that state party officials were yet to take any decision as national officers of the party were handling the matter.

Sango was abducted with his companions along Jere-Kagarko road in Kaduna state while travelling in a Lexus jeep which has now been stationed at the Jere police station.

Plateau state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Tyopev Terna, said the command was informed of the abduction around 7pm on Wednesday and that the Commissioner of Police in Kaduna state had since directed the anti-kidnapping and surveillance unit to comb the general area in search of both culprits and victims.

On his part, Governor Simon Bako Lalong yesterday described the incident as unfortunate and urged security agents to ensure the PDP chairman and others were released unharmed. Lalong who spoke through his Director of Press and Public Affairs (DOPPA), Simon Emmanuel Nanle, said, “It is regrettable that the state of insecurity along that road has gotten to this level. We hope that security agencies will not only see to the release of the PDP chairman and other traveling party officials but put an end to kidnapping on that road.”

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