No fewer than 30 kidnap victims held hostage in the Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State have been rescued following a joint operation by officers of the state Police Command in collaboration with Miyetti Allah Vigilante Group in the area.
The command’s Police Public Relations Officer, Ramhan Nansel, made the disclosure in a statement made available to newsmen in Lafia on Friday.
He said, “On January 12, 2023, information was received that suspected kidnappers were sighted at Sardauna Forest of Toto Local Government Area, Nasarawa State where they held victims 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 LGA.
“The kidnappers were however trailed to their enclave at Sardauna Forest, and on sighting the operatives, the criminals dispersed in disarray deep into the forest.
“Consequently, thirty (30) kidnapped victims comprising of 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.”
Nansel added that the Commissioner of Police, Maiyaki Baba, applauded the courageous effort of the police operatives and Miyetti Allah Vigilante Group for a job well done, and ordered the continuous combing of all the bushes and forest across the 13 LGAs of the state.