Kogi State Police Command on Thursday disclosed that the Command has rescued 12 passengers including the driver from kidnappers along Anyigba highway.

The Police Command Public Relations Officers SP William Aya made this known in a press statement issued and made available to newsmen in Lokoja.

According to him, on Wednesday the Command received a report that one Toyota bus with Registration Number Benue 192 XA driven by one Benard Ejeh conveying 16 passengers from Abuja heading to Benue State via Ankpa ran into kidnappers at Ojuwo-Ajebgo village of Ofu Local Government Area along Anyigba road.

He said, immediately the operatives of the Quick Response Unit stationed at Itobe promptly swung into action pursued the hoodlums into the bush and rescued 12 passengers including the driver while 4 other passengers are yet to be seen.

He noted that the rumour making around social media that over 15 Passengers are missing as kidnappers stormed the Anyigba-Itobe Highway of Kogi State is not true.

“The Command wish to unequivocally that, the report is not only the figment of the imagination of the author but totally false, malicious and highly mischievous.

“The Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Egbuka who was on a visiting tour at Kogi East Senatorial Zone got the information while he was on his way to Ejule, immediately moved to the scene met with the rescued passengers and ordered that they should be moved to Itobe Division for debriefing.

“The Commissioner of Police immediately deployed a tactical team to the area to continue trailing the hoodlums with a view to rescuing other victims.

“Consequently, the Commissioner of Police urges members of the public, the Media particularly social media handlers to always verify facts of incidents from the Police before publishing stories to guard against misinforming the general public.”

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