Gunmen Shoot Commissioner Dead, Abduct LG Chairman in Plateau State


Suspected armed gunmen have shot dead a former commissioner who served in the administration of Jonah Jang in Plateau State. 

A former commissioner identified as Sargwak Wazhi, who served in the administration of Jonah Jang in Plateau State, has been shot dead by suspected armed gunmen who also injured the victim’s driver and abducted a serving transition council chairman of Langtang South Local Government Area, Nicholas Vongsing on Thursday night along Mangu Barkinladi road.

The victims were said to be returning from an official function held at the southern zone of the state, where more than 30 communities from six council areas agreed to end years of hostilities, which led to the death of hundreds of people and destroyed property worth millions.

Also speaking, a senior staff of Langtang South Local Government disclosed via telephone interview that the suspected robbers opened fire on the vehicle of the former commissioner, which had Vongsing as one of the passengers.

“The incident occurred last night (Thursday) at about 7:45 p.m. along Mangu/Barkinladi bypass. Honourable Nicholas Vongsing, our council chairman, was in the car with Honourable Sargwak Wazhi.

“The robbers shot at the car, killed Hon Sargwak Wazhi; his driver was also shot, but he didn’t die. When we arrived the scene, we didn’t see Honourable Nicholas Vongsing, the robbers had left with him,” he said.

He said further that “both Sargwak Wazhi and his driver were taken to the General hospital in Mangu, where he was confirmed dead.”

“This morning, the driver have been referred to the Jos University Teaching Hospital, JUTH, for more medical attention.

“But, for Nicholas Vongsing, till now that I’m taking with you, none of us has heard from him, all of us are worried.”


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