After spending a week in the den of his abductors, a Plateau State traditional ruler, Diket Gupiya, has reunited with his family over the weekend.
According to The PUNCH, Gupiya who is the paramount ruler of Pushit district in Mangu Local Government Area of the state was abducted in his palace in Pushit community on February 24, 2022.
Gupiya who is believed to be a close relative of the state Deputy Governor, Sonni Tyoden, was released on Friday.
He became the third traditional ruler to be kidnapped by gunmen in the state in the past two months.
A resident, Jeremiah Godiya, confirmed his release on Saturday.
He said, “We have been jubilating since last night since we got the news of the release of our traditional ruler.
“And when I went to his palace to check this morning, I discovered that the story is true. We really thank God for bringing him back safely.”
The Public Relations Officer of the Plateau State Police Command, Ubah Ogaba, also confirmed the release of the monarch.
The PPRO said, “I just got a situation report over there and I can confirm to you that the kidnapped traditional ruler has been released and has been reunited with his family.”