The Nigerian Police Force has rescued 14 abducted Abuja-bound passengers in Kogi State.
The passengers in two buses belonging to GIG and ABC Transport companies were kidnapped last Friday at Inyenle, Ogugu in Olamaboro local government area of Kogi State while coming from the Eastern part of the country.
But on Thursday, the spokesperson of the Kogi State Police Command William Aya, said they have regained their freedom following a combined effort of the military, police, hunters, and vigilantes.
However, he did not give further details of how the victims regained their freedom.
“I can confirm that all the kidnapped victims of God Is Good Motors and ABC Transports have regained freedom,” Aya said.
However, whether a ransom was paid was not mentioned.
The GIG bus left Umuahia at 7:30 am and was hijacked at Inyenle, Ogugu in Kogi state. They were headed to Abuja with 14 Passengers who were all adopted in Inyenle. The driver of the GIG Motors was rescued earlier the same day while others were marched into the bush.
Meanwhile, the Bauchi State Police Command has issued a declaration for the arrest of Islamic cleric, Imam Idris Abdulaziz, who is 63 years old.
Imam Abdulaziz is wanted by the police for contempt of court.
The Bauchi Police has issued a Special Police Gazette Bulletin stating that a handsome reward will be given to anyone with information leading to his arrest.
The gazette provided details of his description, and the police are urging members of the public to report to the nearest police station if he is seen or to hand him over to the office of the deputy commissioner of police, Criminal Investigation Department, Bauchi State Command.
Imam Abdulaziz has been on trial for alleged blasphemy in his preaching since 2022. It has been reported that the cleric is facing fresh charges filed by the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice in the State and the Police for ‘inciting disturbances, insulting or inciting contempt of religious creed’ at the Chief Magistrate Court.