A Batch B Stream 1 youth corps member serving in Kaduna State who was kidnapped on Thursday November 2, 2017 has regained his freedom.
It was gathered that the victim, whose name is being shielded for security reasons, was freed on Sunday alongside three others in the kidnappers den, which is located somewhere along the Kaduna Birnin Gwari highway.
Confirming his freedom on Monday, the Kaduna State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Aliyu Mukhtar, who said immediately they heard about the incident, they swung into action.
“On Thursday November 2, 2017 at about 11:45am we got information that two commercial vehicles with passengers were kidnapped along with the occupants.
“Our men swung into action and mobilised and chased away the culprits, freed other victims, but the corps member was not among those freed,” he said.
When asked if he was aware of a ten million Naira ransom which according to sources was demanded by the kidnappers when negotiation for his release commenced on Friday, he said he was not.
He however, agreed that as expected, it would take the victim time to cone out of the psychological trauma the incident may have caused him, when asked about the condition he was in when he visited the Kaduna Police Command Headquarters on Monday
When called on phone to react, the Kaduna State National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Coordinator said that the victim is no more a corps member, as he has been given his certificate and has since left for his home.
When asked if he was aware of how much ransom was used in freeing him, he said the former corps member told them that he alongside three others were freed by their captors without collecting money.
“He said that when the kidnappers realized that his family didn’t have money to pay upon further realization that his father was in a hospital seeking funds for treatment, they let him and three others go,” he added.
Investigations revealed that the victim was in Kaduna for the compulsory NYSC from his home somewhere in Niger State and has so far been reunited with his family, represented by his brother.
AUTHENTIC News Daily gathered exclusively that the youth corps member alongside two of his colleagues were abducted on Thursday on their way to their passing out parade in Kaduna, but the other two were freed.
When Kaduna NYSC PRO was contacted on Friday by our reporter, he said he was out of town, promising to attend to us in his office on Monday. On getting to the office, it was gathered that the NYSC Coordinator, the victim, the Birnin Gwari LGA NYSC Inspector and his family members had headed for the SSS office for debriefing.