Gunmen kidnap Plateau Deputy Chief of Staff’s wife, health director
The wife of Silas Vem, the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plateau Government House, Dorcas Vem, has been kidnapped by gunmen.
The gunmen, in a separate operation, equally kidnapped Dr. Samuel Audu, a Director in the Plateau State Ministry of Health.
Sources within the Government House in Jos and the State Secretariat housing the Headquarters of the Ministry of Health confirmed the two separate abductions to The PUNCH in Jos on Tuesday.
A source from the Government House said “For almost three days now, the whereabouts of wife of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Government House, Dorcas Silas Vem has remained unknown. She is a staff of the University of Jos and her husband is the Deputy Chief of Staff in the office of the Deputy Governor of Plateau state, Professor Sonny Tyoden.
“Their house is at the Little Rayfield in Jos, very close to the Government House. The woman was just driving to their house when some gunmen accosted her in front of their gate. They forcefully dragged her out of her vehicle and took her away to an unknown destination. The incident happened on Sunday and since then, we have not seen her.”
A worker at the State Ministry of Health, who confirmed the Director’s abduction said he was going home after closing from work when some hoodlums abducted him in the Barkin Ladi community.
He said “It was just last night (Monday). The Director has a hospital Barkin Ladi LGA. He was in his car driving back to his house in Barkin Ladi after attending to an emergency at his hospital when some people emerged from nowhere and blocked his vehicle at his gate at the Chairman’s quarters.