ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/20 May) – Abu Sayyaf bandits holding captive a Malaysian gecko trader are demanding an P8-million ransom for his release.
Mohammad Nazaruddin Bin Saidin, 38, was kidnapped last May 8 at the house of his friend, Benhur Maadil, in Indanan town, Sulu.
Director Felicisimo Khu, chief of the Directorate of Integrated Police Operations (DIPO)-West disclosed that he learned about the ransom demand through Indanan police chief Insp. Mohammad Khan Kamlon, who received a phone call from the Malaysian Consul General’s Office.
Khu said the kidnappers have demanded an initial down payment of P5 million.
He identified Nazaruddin’s captors as Alhabsy Misaya, Marjuli, Abbas, Salip, and Annuar.
Nazaruddin and his captors were recently sighted in sitio Bunga, Barangay Buansa, Indanan, Khu said.
Nazaruddin is one of five kidnap victims being held captive by the Abu Sayyaf in the island province of Sulu.
The other four are Filipino-Chinese businessman Nelson Lim and Zamboanga City-based fishing firm crewmembers namely Renato Panisales, boat Captain of Mega 8 light boat, Wennie Ferrer, assistant engineer and Jonald Ocsimar, quarter master.
Lim, who is into hardware business, was seized last April 29 in Jolo, the provincial capital while the three others were abducted last March 20 near Menes Island, Panglima Tahil town. (MindaNews)