The Divisional Police Officer in charge of Pankshin Division, Pankshin Local Government Area of Plateau State, was on thursday kidnapped by gunmen.
A resident of Pankshin who confirmed the incident to newsmen said the DPO, whose name is yet to be known, was kidnapped by the gunmen from his hotel room in the council area.
He said kidnapping has been rife in the community in recent times adding that everyone now lives in fear.
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“The incident happened close to our house, as we just ended our night prayers with my family, we heard gunshots, we tried to find out what was happening and we learned that some armed men went to Woktori hotel. It was this morning that we got to know that it was the kidnappers that kidnapped the newly posted DPO in Pankshin. We’ learnt that the man just came and was lodged in the hotel when they came to kidnap him.
“There has been a spike in the incidents of kidnapping recently. Some business people with fancy houses have been targeted, they would be kidnapped, they will pay the ransom, and be released. One was even killed. The staff of the federal government institution here is not spared. Virtually every week, you will hear of one incident, once they know you are rich, they will come to the house.
“Everyone is living in fear even this night between 7 and 8 pm, there were still gunshots but we don’t know where or what it is. It is becoming rampant and we are getting used to it. By tomorrow we will hear what caused it. The DPO is very new, we don’t know him because he just resumed duty.”
Another source who also confirmed the incident stated that the DPO was just posted to Pankshin about three days ago.
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