Ahead of PDP Nat'l Convention, gunmen kidnap party's state chairman, son, others

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The kidnappers of Damishi Sango, chairman of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau state, have demanded a ransom of N100 million for his release.

He was abducted alongside his son, driver, a prominent chieftain of the PDP in the state and another victim whose identity is yet to be established.

Sango was kidnapped on Wednesday afternoon on his way to Abuja ahead of the PDP national convention scheduled for December 9.

Plateau Police Command spokesman, Terna Tyopev, who confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Jos, said that Sango was abducted alongside four others around Jere-Garkawa road in Kaduna State. He left Jos about 2pm and was heading for Abuja in preparation for the PDP national convention.

He said, "The kidnappers are demanding N100m".

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He was not alone; he was with an elder statesman and one of the PDP elders in Plateau State, Chief Emmanuel Mangni.

Mapis quoted Sango as telling family members that the five of them were safe.

The party spokesman disclosed that the jeep belonging to the former minister had been found by security agents with two telephones belonging to his son that was kidnapped along with him.

He said the Plateau Command was working in synergy with the Kaduna office to rescue the victims and possibly arrest those behind the incident.

The sad incident happened along Jere Road in Kaduna state. When they discovered that he was a party Chairman, they made such a demand, thinking there is money. But let me confirm that Damishi Sango has been kidnapped because we have received the signal from Kaduna.

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