The Benue Police Command says it has arrested a tax collector and 17 other suspects in connection with the kidnapping of two traders.
A statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Sewuese Anene, made available to journalists said men of the command on November 23 at about 1800 hours received information at Logo Division that a group of bandits armed with dangerous weapons had mobilised and invaded a market at Mchia in the local government kidnapping two traders.
According to her, upon receipt of the information, the police headquarters ordered deployment of tactical teams to comb the area to ensure that the victims were rescued.
She further explained that on November 25, the team earlier deployed stormed a hideout where the two victims held hostage were rescued at the compound of Zaki Tule Nyam, a tax collector in the area.
The statement further revealed that during police investigation, the victims explained that they were held hostage while their families were given one week to source for the sum of 10 million naira to pay as ransom before they would be released.
Zaki Nyam and 17 other suspects were consequently arrested in the tax collector’s compound for further investigation, adding that items including a dane gun and matchet were recovered from the suspects.Anene disclosed
She went on to say that investigation into the matter was ongoing and enjoined the good people of Logo local government area to cooperate with the police teams sent to the area by giving them useful information.
Editor Paul Akhagbemhe