Again, gunmen kidnap another Plateau traditional ruler

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Another traditional ruler, Chief Adamu Derwam, the District Head of Panyam in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau has been abducted by gunmen.
The paramount ruler was said to have been abducted at his palace in Panyam town in the early hours of Monday.
Friday Derwam, a journalist who is a brother to the District Head, confirmed the incident to journalists in Jos, the state capital.
He said the gunmen stormed the palace of the traditional ruler at about 1:35am and started shooting sporadically before they took him away to an unknown destination.
The gunmen, said to be in large numbers and well armed, reportedly surrounded the district head’s palace.
The abduction of Derwam is the latest in the series of kidnappings targeted at traditional rulers and clergymen in the state.
On Sunday, last week, the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria in the Jos East Local Government Area of the state, Rev. Fr. James Kantoma, and a traditional ruler in the state, Ugoh Ababs, were kidnapped by gunmen.
While Kantoma, who is also the Catholic priest in charge of St. Anthony’s parish in the Jos East LGA was kidnapped at his church compound in Angware community, the traditional ruler was abducted when the gunmen attacked his palace in Amo district, Bassa Local Government Area of the state.
The two were however, released a few days later, after a ransom was allegedly paid to the abductors.
Spokesman of the Plateau State Police Command, Alabo Alfred, could not be reached when contacted on his mobile telephone.

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