The Nasarawa State Command of the Nigerian Police said it has dispersed suspected kidnappers at Saraduana forest in Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State and rescued thirty victims.
This was disclosed in a statement made available to newsmen by Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) DSP Ramhan Nansel on Friday, January 13 2023.
The PPRO said the victims were rescued after operatives responded to information that some people had been held hostage in a forest in the local government area .
“On Thursday Jan. 12, 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 sanitise the general area of criminal elements.
He, therefore, appealed to the public to volunteer information about criminals and criminal activities in thier areas for prompt action.