Sadiq Ango, a relative of one of the three Ahmadu Bello University students kidnapped along the Abuja-Kaduna road on Tuesday, has countered the claim by police that the captives were rescued.
The Kaduna Police Command on Wednesday, said the students were released by their abductors after intense surveillance of the area, but failed to mention that a ransom was paid.
“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,” a statement issued by Yakubu Sabo, the command’s public relations officer, read.
“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.”
Bashir Ahmad, personal assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on new media, shared a report, quoting the police on the matter.
It prompted a reaction from Ango, a Twitter user, who said the police lied, and that it took the families of the victims 48 hours of negotiations and payment of ransom, before the students were released.
He wrote, “ Lies…It took us 48 long hours of negotiations with the kidnappers to secure the release of our sister to us, NOT the police. Ransom was paid in full as negotiated with the three families involved.”