Kidnapped traditional ruler in Plateau, Da Gyang Balak have regained his freedom, after a rescued operation by troops of Operation Safe Haven in the state went command went successful.
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Da Gyang Balak who is the paramount ruler of Vwang District in Jos South Local Government Area, was abducted at gunpoint on Sunday while driving home from a function along the road close to the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies in the locality.
Sources close to the family reported that a ₦10m ransom was demanded for his release, but a military operation tagged “Safe Heaven” battled his captors and secured his release on Monday night.
Da Gyang Balak’s rescue and freedom was confirmed to the newsmen, by no other than Major Ishaku Takwa, who is the Military Information Officer of Operation Safe Haven, in a statement on Tuesday.
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In his words, Takwa said;
“Immediately the incidence was reported, the commander Operation SAFE HAVEN Major General Ibrahim Ali placed the troops of Sector 6 deployed at Riyom on red alert and to embark on hot trail of the perpetrators.
“Consequently, the troops in conjunction with other security agencies, Vigilante group and Hunters conducted clearance operations in the mountenious region of Sabon Gida Kanal, Gero and Dahol general area.
Two suspects were arrested at an abandoned building during the operation. “This development led to the release of the paramount ruler by his abductors. He has been united with his family.
While commending the troops for their swift response, the commander operation SAFE HAVEN, Maj Gen Ibrahim Ali, appreciate the efforts of the Vigilante, the Hunters group and all who provided useful information to security agencies during the operation.
He further urged the law abiding citizens to be security conscious and always observe and report any suspicious movement of persons in their area.”