Operatives of the Kaduna State Police Command on Saturday confirmed the abduction of five persons by unidentified gunmen at Danbushiya Village in Malali, Kaduna North Area of the state.
It was gathered that the gunmen in military uniform blocked the access road to the Babatunde Fashola Housing Estate and intercepted a Honda Accord with Reg. No. LND 753 AL and five other vehicles where they kidnapped seven persons.
Kaduna Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo, however, said after much pressure following the general patrol of the area by a crack team of the police, two persons were released by the suspected kidnappers.
He also said upon search, $10,000 US Dollars and N647,300 were recovered from one of the vehicles.
The spokesman added that the combined team of the command’s anti-kidnap squad and vigilante have been dispatched in the scene for search operations with the view to apprehending the perpetrators.
Sabo also disclosed that the command had contacted the IRT team of the Inspector General of Police for technical support.
The police chief said: ‘On 23/08/19 at about 2300hrs, DPO Malali reported that he received a distress call that, Armed Men in military uniform blocked the access road to Babatunde Fashola Housing Estate Danbushiya village at the outskirt of Kaduna and intercepted a Honda Accord Reg. No. LND 753 AL and five (5) other vehicles and kidnapped seven persons.
“Patrol teams within the Metropolis led By the DPO were quickly mobilised to the scene of the incident but the hoodlums had already escaped with the victims.
“However, due to pressurised patrols within the general area, two of the victims were later found released by the hoodlums. The two released victims alongside the vehicles were taken to the Police station.