POLICE forces have arrested an Abu Sayyaf bandit at a private wharf in Zamboanga City, a police official said Monday.

Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) Director Edwin de Ocampo said the suspect Jerome Mustakim was arrested around 8 p.m. Sunday aboard a ferry moored at a private wharf in Baliwasan village, west from Zamboanga City proper.

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ZCPO's Police Station 7 personnel headed by Chief Inspector Felixberto Martinez nabbed the suspect.

De Ocampo said Mustakim is en route to Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia via Taganak Island town in Tawi-Tawi when he was arrested, following reports that he was sighted at the private wharf in Baliwasan.

Mustakim has been under surveillance for the past three months, De Ocampo said.

Mustakim faces charges of six-count kidnapping and serious illegal detention for his involvement in the kidnapping of six members of the Jehovah's Witness.

The victims - two men and four women - were doing a house-to-house sale of cosmetic products in Patikul town, Sulu, when they were kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf bandits on August 20, 2002.

The Abu Sayyaf bandits have beheaded the two men few days after they were kidnapped.

De Ocampo said Mustakim has a reward of P150,000 for his arrest. (Bong Garcia)