ZAMBOANGA CITY – Police and military authorities arrested a notorious member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay who was involved in a series of kidnapping and other criminal acts in the Zamboanga peninsula.
Police Regional Office for Zamboanga Peninsula Officer-In Charge Brig. Gen. Ronaldo L Llanera on Thursday said combined police and military authorities arrested Omar Salikala Jain, 36, a resident of Poblacion, Payao, Zamboanga Sibugay.
Llanera said Jain was arrested by policemen at Barangay Tenan in the town of Ipil in Zamboanga Sibugay at dawn on Monday, Dec 7, during the conduct of a joint law enforcement operation against a wanted person in the village.
According to Llanera, Jain was arrested by virtue of a warrant of arrest for kidnapping for ransom and serious illegal detention with homicide docketed under Criminal Case Number 15-032, with no bail recommended.
He confirmed that Jain was an ASG member under the late ASG Sub-leader Sibih Pisih and Idang Susukan where he served as the facilitator of the Kidnap for Ransom activities of the Sulu-based ASG and as a transporter of the kidnap victims from Zamboanga Peninsula to Sulu province.
He is one of the principal suspects in the Garban kidnapping incident in Pitogo, Zamboanga Del Sur last March 31, 2015 wherein Zynielle Jay Garban,3, Ace Jay Garban, 4, and bakery worker and helper Ledegie Tomarong,16, were abducted.
Llanera said the two young Garban are the grandson of Pitogo Mayor Richard Garban and sons of Barangay Poblacion Chairman Jay-Jay Garban.
Jain was also connected with the Sabtal and Barahama Ali criminal gangs based in Zamboanga Sibugay.
The Sabtal and Barahama were involved in the kidnapping for ransom, robbery and hold up, sea piracy, extortion, and illegal drugs.
Jain was also linked with the group of criminal gang leader Abral Abdusalam and Ustadz Bayani Abdurahman who were killed in an encounter with military authorities in R.T. Lim town in Zamboanga Sibugay in September, 2020.
Jain is now under the temporary custody of the Ipil Municipal Police Station.