During an operation in Toto Local Government Area (LGA) of Nasarawa state, the state police command successfully freed 30 kidnap victims.
This information was provided in a statement that DSP Ramhan Nansel, the state’s PPRO, made available to journalists on Friday in Lafia.
According to the PPRO, operatives responded to intelligence that some persons were being held hostage in a forest in the local government area and were then able to free the victims.
“On Thursday, January 12th, we received information that kidnappers were sighted at Sardauna Forest of Toto LGA, where they held some people, hostage.”
“In reaction to the unwholesome development, a joint operation was carried out by operatives of the Command in collaboration with Miyetti Allah Vigilante Group of Toto Local Government Area.”
“The kidnappers were trailed to their enclave at Sardauna Forest; on sighting the operatives, the criminals dispersed in disarray deep into the forest.”
“Consequently, 30 kidnap victims, comprising 20 males and 10 females, were rescued unhurt and taken to the hospital for medical examination and shall be reunited with their family after debriefing,” the police spokesperson.”
Nansel further explained that Maiyaki Muhammed-Baba, Commissioner of Police (CP) in the state, had ordered continuous combing of the forest.
He also said that the CP had applauded the police operatives of the command and Miyetti Allah Vigilante Group for a job well done.
Nansel said the CP assured members of the public that the operation would be sustained in order to sanitize the general area of criminal elements.
He, therefore, appealed to the public to volunteer information about criminals and criminal activities in their areas for prompt action.