Gunmen abduct Damishi Sango, 4 others; demand N100m

Plateau PDP chairman abducted — 48 hours before convention

Former Nigerian Sports Minister and Plateau State Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Damishi Sango has been kidnapped by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers on Wednesday evening along the Kafanchan- Abuja highway.

Mapis, however, said that no one had contacted the family so far. Sango was also allowed to speak with the family.

A source close to Sango said his (Sango) phone was used in contacting a chieftain of the party in Abuja to demand for the ransom.

A family member, Mr Jonathan Mapis, who spoke on the issue, said that the victims were abducted "around 5.30 p.m".

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The five were on their way to attend the PDP national convention in Abuja.

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

He said: "The spokesman of the Kaduna Police Command has told me that the Commissioner there has ordered his men to comb everywhere to rescue them".

This has been confirmed by the state Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr John Akans, who told Channels TV that the chairman left Jos on Wednesday afternoon for the national convention when he encountered his abductors.

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Sango was abducted alongside a one-time factional state Chairman of the PDP in Pateau State, Emmanuel Mangni.

"On reaching the vehicle, they found a telephone belonging to his son in the auto".

"They are still with their abductors.We are waiting to see whether the kidnappers will reduce the ransom tomorrow".

"The incident happened in Jere, Kaduna State, and is not under my jurisdiction".

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