by Christians Gokyo, Jos
Barely a week after Sum Pyem (Traditional Ruler), Charles Mato, of Gindiri in Mangu local government area of Plateau State, regained his freedom from kidnappers, two other people have been kidnapped in Shendam local government area.
One Mrs Dorcas Vem, wife of Silas Vem, the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Deputy Governor of Plateau State, Prof. Sonny Tyoden, was kidnapped by gunmen, and the gunmen in their separate operations, equally kidnapped Dr. Samuel Audu, who is a Director in the Plateau State Ministry of Health.
Conscience Triumph gathered that, Mrs Vem is a staff of the University of Jos, and is resident at the Little Rayfield in Jos South local government area, close to the Government House.
It was said that, the woman was driving back home when some gunmen accosted her in front of their gate, and forcefully dragged her out of her vehicle and took her away to an unknown destination.
Also, the Director in the Ministry of Health was abducted, while on his way home after closing from work, when some hoodlums abducted him in Barkin Ladi community of Barki Ladi local government area.
Investigation revealed that, he was kidnapped on night of Monday. The Director is said to have a hospital in Barkin Ladi LGA, and was said to be driving back home (from Barkin Ladi) after attending to an emergency call at the hospital when some people emerged from nowhere and blocked his vehicle at the gate of his quarters.
Our correspondent further gathered that, he was calling his wife to open the gate for him when the hoodlums immediately ordered him into their waiting vehicle and drove away, abandoning his vehicle with the doors wide open.
The Plateau State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ubah Gabriel Ogaba, confirmed the abduction of wife of the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Deputy Governor as well as the abduction of a Director in the State Ministry of Health, who was kidnapped on Monday. Both of them have been released.
While expressing as worrisome the security situation in the state, some concerned citizens lamented, thus: “We don’t know what is happening in the state with regard to the security of the people, because the kidnapping and abductions are just too much. Something needs to be done, and quickly too, before the situation gets out of hand.”