Maiduguri - The Joint Task Force (JTF) on Operation Restore Order (ORO) said on Monday that it had rescued the parents of Mohammed Sanda, a member of the National Assembly from suspected kidnappers in Borno State.
JTF spokesman, Lt.-Col. Sagir Musa, said Ummara and Maryam Sanda were rescued after an operation near Maiduguri.
“Based on intelligence, the JTF intercepted and rescued two kidnap victims - one Ummara Sanda Sheriff and his wife Maryam Sanda Sheriff, who are the parents of Hon. Mohammed Sanda, a legislator representing Kaga- Maigumeri – Gubio Constituency at the National Assembly.
"They were kidnapped last Sunday by terrorists at Ngamdu village at about 10:15 pm, The village is a border town linking Borno and Yobe States.".
Musa said the victims and their abductors were heading for the desert town of Marte before they were intercepted.
"The terrorists and the victims were heading toward Marte in Marte Local Government Area in an old model Toyota 4 Wheel Drive when they were intercepted at Zabarmari by the JTF troops on special operation.
"The couple were successfully rescued by the JTF and they seem to be in good health."
Musa said that several items, including one AK 47 Rifle and a magazine with 30 rounds of 7.62 mm Special Ammunition, and seven Assorted Cell phones, six pairs of wrappers were recovered from the suspects.
"The JTF wishes to once again alert the public to be wary and security conscious at all times.
"Members of the public are advised to be very sensitive to strangers and friends that have not been in contact for long."
"Similarly, the public are warned to avoid isolated areas and shun meetings or friendship organised through telephones or social media.
"This advice is based on the intelligence available to the task force that Boko Haram terrorists have resolved to concentrate more on kidnappings than robbery.''