by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The Sum Pyem Paramount Ruler of Pyem Chiefdom in Gindiri of Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State, Charles Mato Dakat, who was abducted five days ago, has been released.
Our correspondent reliably gathered that, the monarch was released at the early hours of today, Friday.
Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ubah Gabriel Ogaba, confirmed Charles Mato Dakat’s release from the kidnappers, saying, he was released at the early hours of today and is in good health and has since be reunited with his family.
Our correspondent also gathered that, immediately after the release of the Paramount Ruler, he was taken to a hospital – not that he was in a bad condition, but it’s the normal checkup, which is necessary after being outside his home for days.
Information also revealed that, he was not maltreated by the abductors. He was on medication, and his abductors ensured he constantly took his drugs; they were kind enough to get him fresh drugs, as he couldn’t carry along his drugs with him at the time his abduction.
A source, who spoke to newsmen, said “We thank God for his release,” and urged the citizens to continue to pray for Plateau State and Nigeria, and also continue to pray for the security personnel because they are making a lot of sacrifice and doing marvelous job for the nation.
The source (whose name withheld), said “I am positive that with our prayers and the efforts of our security personnel, we would overcome our challenges.”
On whether ransom was paid before his release, the source said “This cannot be ruled out but for me, this is not important. Whether ransom is paid or not does not necessarily matter now.
“What a matter at the moment is that our paramount ruler is now released and we give God the glory,” he said.
The traditional ruler was abducted in his palace at about 1am on Sunday, 26th December, 2021, to an unknown destination by gun men suspected to be bandits, and nothing was heard about the monarch until two days after when the abductors called and demanded for the sum of N500 million in ransom, and eventually came down to N60 million. Our correspondent gathered that, thereafter, negotiations went on between the Traditional Council and the abductors until his release was secured.