Update – Sango’s kidnappers want N100m

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THE kidnappers of former Minister of Sports Damishi Sango Wednesday evening on the Kaduna-Abuja Road are asking for N100m ransom, according to the family and officials of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Jos.

“We do not have that type of money,” said an official who confirmed that the family had been able to speak to Sango. “He is safe. We are asking them to release him.”

Concerns have risen over the safety of delegates heading to the convention. Delegates from other parts of the country, who are making the trip by road, are concerned about their safety. In Jos, from where Sango began his journey, Plateau State delegates have asked for security on the Abuja-Jos road, were the kidnappers took Sango.
They expressed concerns about the safety of the former Minister.

It is unlikely that the Plateau State delegation would be in Abuja without the former Minister being released.
Sango has severally aspired to governorship of Plateau State. While he was Minister of Sports, his convoy and that of the then governor Jonah Jang, was involved in an incident over right of way in Jos. He is the current Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Plateau State.

“When we were talking about security,” one top official of the PDP said in Abuja, “we were thinking of how to secure the convention grounds (Eagle Square) in Abuja. We had no idea that anyone could have been attacked on the way to the event.” He asked the security agencies to find Sango.

Police recovered the vehicle with which they left Jos, in Jere, Kaduna State. Sango was travelling with his son, a PDP official, Chief Emmanuel Mangni, a driver, a police orderly and one other person while travelling to Abuja ahead of the PDP convention.

There are no indications yet, Sango was targeted, and as such incidents are common on the main highways that lead into Abuja from Lokoja, Kaduna, and Jos. Attacks on the road are so frequent that when all air traffic was diverted Abuja to Kaduna to effect repairs at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, armed soldiers and policemen had to accompany the buses that ferried passengers from Kaduna to Abuja.

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