Police deny kidnapping spree in Abuja 1

Kogi State, Nigeria – An unknown number of passengers were abducted on Friday, February 3rd, after two luxury buses traveling from Umuahia, Abia State to Abuja were hijacked by kidnappers in Kogi State. The incident occurred in Inyele Eteke, located in the Olalamaboro Local Government Area.

The news broke through social media influencer Chude Nnamdi, who revealed his wife was aboard one of the buses. While the exact number of abducted passengers remains unclear, both GIG and ABC Transport buses were involved.

Despite confirming the incident, Kogi State Police spokesperson SP William Aya could not confirm the number of abducted individuals. He stated that the area commander’s team only located the empty buses and were unable to find the occupants.

“The DPO, local vigilantes, and hunters are currently searching the area in an effort to rescue the victims,” Aya said in a statement. He added that the Commissioner of Police has deployed additional forces, including the Quick Response Unit, Mobile Force, and Counter-Terrorism Unit, to assist in the search and ensure the safe return of all passengers.

Separately, Chude Nnamdi shared details on his social media platform, stating, “The report reaching me this morning is that a GIG and ABC transport bus heading to Abuja were hijacked by kidnappers yesterday in Kogi State… The kidnappers phoned this morning via my wife’s phone and were demanding N15 million.”

The situation remains tense as authorities continue their search and rescue operations. This incident highlights the ongoing security challenges in certain regions of Nigeria and raises concerns for passenger safety on public transportation.