By Shittu Tanko
A Muslim group, Jama’atu Izalatil Bid’ah Wa Ikamatis Sunnah, JIBWIS, has called for the release of 20 kidnapped members of the group.
The national chairman of the Council of Ulama of the group, Sani Yahaya-Jingir, told journalists in Jos that the 20 members of the group were kidnapped at Jibiya in Katsina State.
He said they were on their way back to their destination in Sokoto State, after attending a first aid camp held on Sunday, December 23 in Dutse, Jigawa State.
Mr Jingir said: “Our members in the first aid unit from Sokoto state were stopped by the kidnappers and shepherded into the bush while passing through Jibya in Katsina State to Zamfara on their way back to Sokoto.”
He expressed shock that innocent people who had been rendering help to many people were kidnapped.
When asked on whether the kidnappers have contacted the leadership of the group, Mr Jingir said so far no one has contacted them.
Mr Jingir urged the kidnappers to fear Allah and see reason to release their hostages, adding that the hostages were only first aiders.