The Peoples Democratic Party in Plateau State has accused the military of abducting its Jos South Local Government Area chairman, Dung Tari.
The PUNCH reported that addressing a press conference in Jos on Thursday, State Chairman of the PDP, Chris Hassan, said some unidentified military personnel abducted Tari around 1pm after a meeting with his Executive Committee members at the party’s Secretariat in the Bukuru area of Jos South LGA.
Narrating how the LGA chairman was abducted, Hassan said, “After the meeting at the LGA party office Bukuru, he (Tari) picked his niece on his way to attend a family matter.
“Thereafter, he stopped at a Total Filling Station Bukuru where he parked his vehicle to respond to phone calls. Suddenly, two Toyota Hilux pick-up trucks in military colours and number plates with men in Nigerian military uniform surrounded him and bundled him into one of the Toyota Hilux vehicles while one of the soldiers forced his niece out of his private car and proceeded to an unknown destination.”
According to Hassan, the incident happened on September 23, 2023 adding that, “Until this time of the press conference, we have not heard from him or his abductors neither his family is informed of his whereabouts and the reason for his abduction.”
The state PDP chair said they had taken steps to report the matter to various security agencies in the state to commence investigation into the whereabouts of the abducted LGA chairman.
He said the abduction of Tari which was carried out in commando style was causing tension in the state and capable breaching the fragile peace being experienced.
Hassan, who promised to provide sureties who will produce the LGA chairman upon demand appealed to the National Security Adviser, the Inspector General of Police, Chief of Army Staff and the Director General of the DSS to use their good offices and intervene in the situation to ensure the immediate release of the LGA chairman.
But in a reaction, the spokesman for the military taskforce in charge of maintaining peace in Plateau, Captain Oya James ,absolved men of the Nigerian military of any involvement in the abduction of Tari.
James who challenged the PDP to come forward with evidence to prove their allegations said, “I have received several calls over the accusations by the PDP and I have also made calls and found out that nothing like that happened.
He said, “They said those who carried out the abduction used military vehicles but if you know the time we are in, we have been parading suspects using vehicles, camouflage and other military items to commit crime. But if they claimed that they have an eye witness, let the person come forward and bring pictures or proof of any kind involving our troops, then we can trace the vehicle because all our military vehicles have numbers.”