The leader of the Daika community in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen on Wednesday.
The popular community leader an elder brother to a retired military officer in the locality, Air Vice Marshal Leks (rtd).
Some residents of the community decried the ongoing insecurity in the country and urged the security agents to ensure the release of their community leaders from the den of the kidnappers.
Speaking, one of the residents who identified as Mathew Chai narrated the incident saying that the retired military officer’s brother was at his compound in 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.
He said the victim was allowed to communicate with his family earlier today.
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 to 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 for 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”