By Oladosu Oluwagbenga
Gunmen abducted Gashon Leks, a well-liked community leader and the older brother of Air Vice Marshal Leks, a former military officer from the area, on Wednesday, in Plateau.
The kidnapping of the community leader was regretted by some members of Daika Community who met with The Punch in Jos on Wednesday. They said that they had informed security authorities about the odious incident.
When the kidnappers stormed the village on Monday at around 10 p.m., Mathew Chai, one of the residents, told our correspondent that the retired military officer’s brother was at his compound in the Daika community. They then took him away to an unidentified location while frightening the locals with gunshots.
Chai said, “We have not seen the man since he was taken away by gunmen. His name is Mr. Gashon Leks. The man is into farming and other businesses and he is the elder brother to Air Vice Marshal Leks.
“The incident happened on Monday night around 10 pm. The kidnappers who came were many because they spread themselves across the village and released several gunshots before they went away with their target.
“Since that Monday, nobody knows the whereabouts of the kidnapped victim. It is only this morning (Wednesday) that the kidnappers allowed him to speak with the family members and I learned that they were yet to demand for any ransom.
“There has been disquiet in the community because the man has some health challenges before his kidnap and the villagers are really worried over his whereabouts.”
Alabo Alfred, a spokesman for the Plateau State Police Command, denied being aware of the kidnapping event when contacted.
He said, “I’m not aware of the kidnap of the Retired Military Officer’s brother in Mangu LGA. The matter has not been reported to my office. But I will call the DPO in the area to find out the situation of things regarding the incident and get back to you.”