By Isa Abdulsalami Ahovi, Jos
Plateau State Police Command has rescued a kidnap victim and recovered his official Hilux vehicle. Spokesperson for the Command, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Alfred Alabo, confirmed the development in a statement yesterday.
He said: “On January 1, 2023, at about 2130hrs, a distress call was received from a good Samaritan and a resident of State Low-cost Jos South council, that one Alexander Plangnan, ‘m’, the permanent secretary of Plateau State Ministry of Work was kidnapped in his official Hilux vehicle at the gate of his residence at the estate by four unknown gunmen.
Immediately the report was received, the scene of the ugly incident was visited by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Rantya, Ayuba Iliya and team and investigation was intensified. Through the combined efforts of Rantya, Jengre Police Divisions and the Anti-Kidnapping unit of the Command, the victim was rescued and his vehicle was recovered at Mistali village of Bassa council same day at about 2340hrs while the kidnappers fled.”
Alabo added that one Jerry Moret ,’m’, who was knocked down by the hijacked Hilux vehicle driven by the kidnappers has been taken to the hospital for medical attention. He said efforts are on to trail and apprehend the fleeing suspects.
“ The state Commissioner of Police (CP), Bartholomew Onyeka, used the opportunity to call on all well-meaning Plateau State residents to always avail the police and other relevant security agencies with timely and useful information to nip crimes and criminalities in the bud and improve security in the state.
“He further urged Plateau residents to see security as everybody’s business and show commitment towards assisting the Police to combat crime in the state, adding that they can do so by saying something when they see something.
“The CP also used the medium to remind the good people of the state that the Command is poised to ensuring that they continue to enjoy the peace and tranquility they deserve.
“The police boss wishes all peace loving people of the state a happy and fruitful New Year,” he added.
Source: The Guardian