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Gunmen abduct ex-military officer’s brother in Plateau

Suspected  Gunmen on Monday 3rd October abducted a well-known community leader, Gashon Leks, who is also the elder brother of the retired military officer, Air Vice Marshal Leks in the Daika community, Panyam district, Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State.

Some residents of Daika Community who spoke to newsmen in Jos on Wednesday 5th October lamented the kidnap of the community leader, saying that they had reported the ugly development to the security agents.

One of the residents, Mathew Chai told our correspondent that the retired military officer’s brother was at his compound in the Daika community when the kidnappers stormed the village around 10 pm on Monday and took him away to an unknown destination while scaring residents with gunshots.

Chai said, “We have not seen the man since he was taken away by gunmen. His name is Mr. Gashon Leks. The man is into farming and other businesses and he is the elder brother of Air Vice Marshal Leks.

“The incident happened on Monday night around 10 pm. The kidnappers who came were many because they spread themselves across the village and released several gunshots before they went away with their target.

“Since that Monday, nobody knows the whereabouts of the kidnapped victim. It is only this morning (Wednesday) that the kidnappers allowed him to speak with the family members and I learned that they were yet to demand any ransom.

“There has been disquiet in the community because the man has some health challenges before his kidnap and the villagers are really worried over his whereabouts”

When contacted, the spokesman for the Plateau State Police Command, Alabo Alfred, denied knowledge of the kidnap incident.

He said, “I’m not aware of the kidnap of the Retired Military Officer’s brother in Mangu LGA. The matter has not been reported to my office. But I will call the DPO in the area to find out the situation of things regarding the incident and get back to you”



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