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No JAMB Official was kidnapped in Kogi – CP Ayuba; As 5 Kidnapped NSCDC Staff, 5 businessmen regain freedom

The Kogi State Police Command has clarified that five persons recently kidnapped and released by their abductors on the Abuja-Obajana-Kabba road were not JAMB staff as widely reported.

Rather, Commissioner of Police, CP Ede Ayuba disclosed that the five persons were business men and traders who were on their way to Abuja before the unfortunate incident occurred.

He said the clarification became necessary to let the public know that JAMB officials were never attacked by hoodlums of kidnappers.

DSP William Ovye Aya, Police Public Relations Officer of the command while reiterating the release of the kidnapped persons said, “It would be recalled that on 17/02/2020, some unknown armed men kidnapped some persons who were on a business trip to Abuja along Obajana-Kabba road whom were mistaken to be JAMB staff.

“The victims were released on yesterday (Monday) 24/02/2020. Further investigation revealed that the victims are businessmen who were on business trip to Abuja and not JAMB staff as earlier reported.

“They were debriefed at the station and rejoined their families.

“Furthermore, the NSCDC personnel whom were kidnapped on 20/02/2020 also regained their freedom and rejoined their families.

“Consequently, the Command wish to state that, it was a mistaken identity as the victims is not staff of JAMB, but businessmen on a business trip.”


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