Boko Haram has launched a special squad of kidnappers with the aim of targeting members of the public for ransoms. This alarm was raised by the military Joint Task Force in Borno state on Sunday.
“Intelligence available to the Task Force has indicated that Boko Haram terrorists have resolved to concentrate more on kidnappings than robbery. They alleged that kidnapping is more lucrative, less dangerous and requires short time to plan and execute,” the statement read.
JTF further revealed that politicians, business person, traditional rulers, senior civil servants and foreigners are the likely target of the dreaded sect.
“A special kidnapping squad has been earmarked and tasked by Boko Haram Sect to kidnap persons who could be wealthy”
“The public are advised to avoid or be very sensitive to strangers and friends that have not been in contact for long. Additionally, members of the public are also warned to avoid isolated areas and shun meetings or friendship organized through telephones or social media,” reads the statement.
The JTF warning comes days after a French family of seven on visit to Cameroon held hostage since February by Boko Haram was released.
Report had it that a ransom of $3.15 million was paid to Boko Haram for the hostages to be released, a claim which remained unconfirmed by France, Cameroon or Nigeria.
The JTF has released the following numbers which are operational round the clock to the public should there be an alarm:
080 – 64174066, 070 – 65464012, 081 – 54429346 and 081 – 42333138
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