Report of 30 persons kidnapped along Abuja-Kaduna expressway is fake news –Police

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Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has described as fake news social media report that 30 persons were kidnapped along Abuja-Kaduna expressway.

The report which circulated wide on social media on Monday claimed that the 30 persons were kidnapped and their vehicles abandoned by the road side.

But in a post on its official Twitter handle on Tuesday, the police said:

“The attention of the Kaduna Police Command has been drawn to a fake story going round on social media to the effect that about thirty (30) people have been kidnapped along Abuja-Kaduna expressway yesterday and their vehicles abandoned by the road side.

“The Command wishes to unequivocally refute the story as fake fictitiously fabricated by some unpatriotic elements to create panic in the minds of unsuspecting citizens who ply the road for their legitimate businesses.

“However, it is unfortunate that this fake news coincided with a sad incident yesterday 01/04/2019, when at about 1830hrs some Armed Men at a point near Gidan Visa along Abuja-Kaduna expressway intercepted a Toyota Hilux with REG NO. CT 01 AF belonging to the Judiciary, open fire on the vehicle in the process of which one Mshelia Sulaiman was injured and took away the occupants.

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“Patrol Teams within the axis quickly moved to the scene, rescued the injured person and rushed him to the hospital.

“Combine team of operatives from the Anti Kidnapping Unit, PMF and the Conventional Police have immediately been mobilized to the area for intensive general search operation with a view to rescue the victims and apprehend the culprits.”

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