Bandits Invade Plateau Community, Abduct Traditional Ruler

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Bandits, in the early hours of Monday, attacked Panyam community in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State and abducted the district head of area, His Royal Highness, Aminu Derwan.

It was learnt that the gunmen, numbering over 20, took away Derwan after scaring residents with gunshots.

A resident of Panyam community, Moses Garuba, confirmed the abduction of the monarch in interview with The PUNCH in Jos, on Monday.

Garuba said: “It was last night around midnight that the bandits, who were more than 20 and heavily armed, surrounded the district head’s palace in Panyam.

“Because his house was not fenced, some villagers who saw how his house was surrounded by strange people alerted other members of the community through a community bell. But immediately the bandits heard the bell, they started firing gunshots and eventually went away with the traditional ruler, leaving the community helpless.”

Residents of the community said the incident has been reported to the police division in the area.

This is the latest in the long list of onslaught against traditional rulers in Plateau State, who have been victims of abduction by bandits and suspected Fulani militia.

On Sunday, last week, a traditional ruler in the state, Ugoh Ababs, were kidnapped when gunmen attacked his palace in Amo district, Bassa Local Government Area of the state.

He was however, released a few days later, after a ransom was allegedly paid to the abductors.

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