14 July 2013

Nigeria: STF Rescues Eight Kidnapped Victims, Arrests Gang Leader

The Special Task Force saddled with the responsibility of maintaining peace in Plateau State said it has rescue eight persons who were kidnapped at various locations by some criminals in a hotel in Jos North local government area of the state.

This was disclosed in a statement made available to newsmen yesterday, signed by the media officer of the STF, Captain Salisu Mustapha, in Jos.

According to him, "The STF wishes to inform the general public, particularly the good people of the Plateau State of the raid operation it conducted on 12 July, 2013 with remarkable success.

"On the said date, at about 12pm, STF Anti-Kidnapping Squad carried out raid operations at Chiwarna Hotel located at Zinaria Layout Jos North local government area and rescued eight victims who were kidnapped by a group of criminals".

He disclosed that the victims were kidnapped at various locations of the metropolis and locked up in one of the hotel rooms.

He further explained that "the suspected kidnappers contacted the families of the victims and requested them to pay various sums of money as ransom for their release.

The spokesman further stated that "the ring leader, one member of the kidnapping gang and the hotel manager have been arrested and are currently undergoing investigation.

He expressed the STF's overwhelming gratitude to the public for providing it with useful information. He also enjoined all to be vigilant and report any suspicious objects, persons or activities in their area to security agencies.

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