NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA
July 14, 2013
The Special Task Force (STF) Anti-
Kidnapping Squad in Jos on Saturday
arrested three members of kidnapping
gang and rescued eight victims. The squad arrested the gang leader and
the owner of Chiwarna Hotel in Jos North where the victims were held hostage.
Capt. Salisu Mustpaha, STF media
spokesman, said in a statement that the
arrest was made possible through
intelligence report received by the task
force. “Following an intelligence report to our anti-kidnapping squad, a raid was carried out on the hotel located at Zinaria Layout and eight victims were rescued.
“Preliminary investigations revealed that the victims were kidnapped at various locations and locked up in one of the hotel rooms in order to collect ransom from their relations. “
The spokesman said that the kidnappers
did contact family members of the victims and requested them to pay various sums of money as ransom for their release before luck ran out of them. He said the kingpin and the hotel owner were undergoing interrogation, adding that investigation was on to track down the other members of the gang. He stressed the importance of timely release of information to security
agencies by the public.
The STF commander, Maj.-Gen. Henry
Ayoola, urged the Muslim community to
use the period of Ramadan to pray for
lasting and sustainable peace in the
country. “On behalf of the officers and servicemen of the STF, I wish you a peaceful, fruitful and spirit-filled Ramadan,’’Ayoola said in the statement.