By Taye Obateru
The Special Task Force (STF) has smashed a robbery syndicate in Jos, Plateau State capital rescuing eight people kept in a hotel room pending payment of ransom.
The suspected ring leader and a member of the kidnap gang as well as the manager of the hotel have been arrested.
Media Coordinator of the STF, Captain Salisu Mustapha, said, in a statement, yesterday, that the rescue operation followed intelligence reports on the activities of the suspected kidnappers.
”Based on intelligence report, the STF wishes to inform the general public particularly the good people of the Plateau of the operation it conducted on 12 July 2013 with remarkable success,” the statement said.
It continued: “At about 12pm, STF Anti-Kidnapping Squad carried out an operation at Chiwarna Hotel located at Zinaria Layout Jos North Local Government Area and rescued eight victims who were kidnapped by a group of criminals. Preliminary investigations revealed that the victims were kidnapped at various locations of the metropolis and locked up in one of the hotel rooms.
“The suspected kidnappers contacted the families of the victims and requested them to pay various sums of money as ransom for their release. Meanwhile, the ring leader, one member of the kidnapping gang and the hotel manager have been arrested and are currently undergoing investigation.”