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Abuja-Bound travellers kidnapped in Kogi State regain freedom

Wave of Kidnappings Sweeps Nigeria as Police Intensify Efforts to Combat Crime

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Fourteen individuals en route to Abuja, abducted last Friday in Kogi State, have been liberated from captivity, marking a reprieve in the face of Nigeria’s escalating kidnapping crisis.

Travelling in two buses operated by God Is Good Motors and ABC Transport, the victims fell prey to kidnappers at Inyenle, Ogugu, situated in the Olamaboro Local Government Area of the state.

While the driver of the GIG vehicle was promptly rescued on the same day, the remaining captives were led deeper into the bush, their fate uncertain.

The Kogi State Police Command swiftly mobilized, launching an extensive manhunt for the perpetrators, though initial efforts proved challenging. SP William Aya, the command’s Public Relations Officer, reported that the Area Commander’s team located the buses but found them empty, unable to ascertain the occupants’ whereabouts.

Confirming the travellers’ release on Thursday, Aya remained tight-lipped on whether a ransom had been exchanged for their freedom. However, reports surfaced indicating that the kidnappers had demanded a hefty N15 million ransom per individual.

The abduction incident compounds a spate of kidnappings and violence across Nigeria. On Monday, January 29, gunmen struck, claiming the lives of two Ekiti monarchs and abducting pupils and staff members from Apostolic Faith Group of Schools, Emure Ekiti.

In response, Inspector–General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, convened a conference with strategic police managers, reiterating the force’s unwavering commitment to curbing the scourge of kidnapping, killings, and other criminal activities gripping the nation.

As Nigeria grapples with mounting security challenges, the release of the Abuja-bound travellers offers a glimmer of hope amidst a landscape fraught with peril. Yet, concerted efforts and decisive action remain imperative to confront and mitigate the pervasive threats menacing the nation’s stability.

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