Gunmen Abduct Monarch in Plateau State Community

The Derwan of Panyam, His Royal Highness, Aminu Derwan, was on Monday morning abducted by unknown gunmen in Plateau State.

A map of Nigeria showing Plateau State. Source: Al-Jazeera.

The incident which took place early hours of Monday was confirmed by one Moses Garuba, a resident of Panyam.

Garuba said, “It was last night around midnight that the bandits, who were more than 20 and heavily armed, surrounded the district head’s palace in Panyam.”
“Because his house was not fenced, some villagers who saw how his house was surrounded by strange people alerted other members of the community through a community bell.”

He added that the residents were scared away by gunshots.

“But immediately the bandits heard the bell, they started firing gunshots and eventually went away with the traditional ruler, leaving the community helpless.”

The locals said the incident has also being reported to the police.

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