The Kaduna State Police Command says its operatives have rescued three students of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, abducted on Monday along Abuja-Kaduna highway.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo, however, said in a Press statement issued on Wednesday in Kaduna that three other persons were still being held by the kidnappers.
“The Command wishes to state that, on the said date, August 26, at about 18:50hrs, armed men in military uniform intercepted some commuters near Masari village along Kaduna-Abuja Expressway, opened fire on the vehicles, in the process kidnapped six persons.
“Due to the prompt response of the Police and other security agents to the scene, three people were later released by the hoodlums due to intensive combing within the general area.”
The statement said the three students, alongside the abandoned vehicles at the scene of the incident, were moved to the Police Station.
It assured that concerted efforts were being coordinated by the joint teams of Anti-Kidnapping Unit, PMF and the IRT to rescue the remaining three victims and apprehend the criminals.
***The update on this post is that the Nigerian Police had no role in the release of these students. Relatives and one of the victims confirmed that there was no police involvement in the process that led to their release. The information circulated first from NAN, minutes later some more online portals carried it. The Nigerian Police was trying to take credit.
Even a presidential aide who also shared the falsehood has deleted his post.