A traditional ruler in Plateau State, Da Gyang Balak, who was kidnapped by gunmen, has been rescued by troops of Operation Safe Haven.
PUNCH Metro had reported that Balak, who is the paramount ruler of Vwang District in the Jos South Local Government Area of the state, was abducted on Sunday while driving home close to the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru.
It was learnt that the kidnapped monarch was freed on Monday night.
The Military Information Officer of Operation Safe Haven, Major Ishaku Takwa, confirmed the release of the traditional ruler in a statement on Tuesday.
Takwa said, “Immediately the incident was reported, the Commander, Operation Safe Haven, Major General Ibrahim Ali, placed the troops of Sector 6 deployed in Riyom on red alert to go on hot trail of the perpetrators.
“Consequently, the troops, in conjunction with other security agencies, vigilance groups and hunters, conducted clearance operation in the mountainous region of Sabon Gida Kanal, Gero and Dahol general areas. 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 reunited with his family.”