Gunmen suspected to be bandits have reportedly kidnapped the Paramount Ruler of Gindiri, Charles Mato Dakat in his palace in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State.

However, the Military in Jos confirmed the kidnap of the monarch of Gindiri, Charles Mato Dakar in his palace yesterday.

A resident of the community, Helen Bulus said: “The incident happened between 1:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. The gunmen came to his palace in large numbers.

“So, this morning at daybreak, we went to the palace only to discover that the gunmen have taken the traditional ruler away.”

The lawmaker representing Mangu South in the Plateau State House of Assembly, Bala Fwangje, also confirmed the incident.

According to the lawmaker, security operatives had been deployed to the community and were combing the bushes in search of the kidnapped traditional ruler.

Fwangje said: “The incident is rather unfortunate.

“I confirmed the kidnap incident with some of the security men. I also spoke with the paramount ruler of Mishkaham Mwaghavul of Mwaghavul nation who also confirmed to me what happened. Right now, the security men are in the bush trying to rescue the kidnapped traditional ruler.”

The Military Information Officer of Operation Safe Haven in Jos, Major Ishaku Takwa confirmed to reporters the kidnap of the paramount ruler.

Takwa said: “Troops of Operation Safe Haven at Gyambus have been mobilised to the area and are on the trail of the kidnappers.

Also, bandits terrorising parts of Kaduna State at the weekend kidnapped five peasants at the Kuregu area of Wusasa in Zaria Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

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