A shocking incident unfolded on Wednesday in the Maigemu District of Jos East local government area of Plateau State, as a large group of gunmen stormed the area and staged a disturbing kidnapping.
A clergyman and three local residents were abruptly taken from the community, prompting mass confusion and fear. Reports reaching NewsOnThePlateau indicated that the gunmen specifically targeted the ECWA Church Nuku sector of the district, conducting the outrageous act around 5:40 a.m.
In a chilling turn of events, they seized the clergyman from his home, right in front of his family members. A local insider exposed the unnerving details of the gunmen’s operation which shockingly lasted around 40 minutes without any outside interference. Besides the clergyman, three other individuals – Usman Umaru, Agwom Dauda, and a female only known as Sarah – were also abducted.
Startlingly, the kidnappers fired numerous gunshots into the air as a scare tactic to deter any possible resistance, particularly from the local vigilantes and hunters. They then left with their hostages in a vehicle, closely followed by others on motorcycles.
At present, security officials in collaboration with local vigilantes and hunters are extensively searching the nearby hills in a bid to apprehend the kidnappers and other potential accomplices causing havoc in the local government area.
A family member of the kidnapped clergyman, requesting anonymity, disclosed that they have not yet been contacted by the kidnappers for a potential ransom.
DSP Alfred Alabo, spokesman for the Plateau State Command of the Nigerian Police Force, confirmed the incident and assured that their officers are dedicated to capturing those who committed this heinous act.
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.
Newsontheplateau learned that the gunmen precisely invaded the ECWA Church Nuku area in the district at about 5:40 a.m. and kidnapped a clergyman (name withheld) in his house.
He was whisked away in the presence of his family.
A source close to the community revealed that the gunmen, who operated unhindered for close to 40 minutes, also kidnapped three other people: Usman Umaru, Agwom Dauda, and a woman simply identified as Sarah.
The source further disclosed that the gunmen who released several gunshots into the air to scare the people, especially the vigilantes and hunters, from coming out for a rescue left with their captors 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 government area.
A relative of the clergyman who spoke with the Tribune Online 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 perpetrators of the dastardly act.