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Gunmen kidnap former Plateau PDP governorship aspirant

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Gunmen, on Saturday kidnapped a former governorship aspirant in the 2019 general elections in Plateau State, Nkemi Nicholas Nshe.

Nshe, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who served at different periods as the chairman of Shendam Local Government Area of the state, was kidnapped at his residence in the council area in the early hours of Saturday

An associate of Nshe in Shendam, who lamented the abduction of the former council boss, said the incident was causing tension in the council area.

He said: “Please join us in praying for the release of Dr Nkemi Nshe who was forcefully kidnapped from his Shendam residence in the early hours of Saturday being the New Year day, January 1, 2022. It was in the night that the gunmen came to his house and whisked him away. They did not go with his phone.

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“The incident is rather unfortunate. We don’t know where they have taken him to. But yesterday evening (Saturday), I learnt that the kidnappers called the family members through the phone number of the son and demanded N100 million ransom which they later reduced to N50 million.

“Where will they get that kind of money when people are just suffering everywhere? It baffles me why the Federal Government through the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy would make Nigerians go through hard experiences by subjecting them to SIM card registration and yet, this kind of thing would be happening without the perpetrators being apprehended. What is the relevance of that registration exercise? Where are we going in this country in this kind of situation? We pray that the former council chairman be released safely because he has done nothing to warrant his abduction.”

Nshe’s abduction is coming barely 24 hours after kidnappers released a traditional ruler in the neighbouring central zone of the state, Charles Mato Dakat.

The traditional ruler was abducted by gunmen at his palace in Gindiri community, Mangu LGA last Sunday around 1am.

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