Suspected kidnappers on Monday night kidnapped four Rufus Giwa Polytechnic graduates on their way from Zamfara State to the National Youth Services Corps (NYSC) Orientation Camp, this came to the public notice on Tuesday.
The victims, made up of three men and a woman, were kidnapped around Funtua, in the state of Katsina, around 11:30 pm, by armed men who surrounded the road.
As a result of this action, security authorities have renewed their advice to passengers to avoid overnight travel, especially in areas where there are security threats.
It was concluded that the victims and some of their schoolmates sent to Zamfara state were traveling on a chartered bus from Owo, Ondo state to the camp site prior to the opening of the orientation camp.
While some of the bus occupants managed to escape and hide in the surrounding bush, the four abductees were unlucky when the armed men took them away.
It was concluded that one of the occupants, that escaped, contacted the parents of some of the victims abducted to notify them of the incident.
She also went to the police station to make a report about the incident.
It was concluded that the kidnappers, who could only speak Hausa, made contact with some of the victims’ relatives, but there were hiccups because neither side had a translator.
“Graduate students chartered a bus from Owo to Zamfara, where they were sent to. The bus was supposed to take them directly to the camp. Their families last heard about 4 pm on Monday, when they arrived in Zaria only for Tolu to call Tuesday morning, that hijackers attacked them and took four people.
“No ransom has been demanded yet, but the kidnappers have contacted some of the parents, but because they are speaking hausa, there was not much communication.
“We call on security agencies to rescue the victims safely and the government needs to instruct the NYSC to reconsider the placement of graduates in areas where their lives will be threatened,” said a source.
Police spokesman DCP Frank Mba said the Katsina state command started a hunt for suspects with the aim of rescuing victims without injury.
He said: “It is true. Four of them were kidnapped around 11:30 pm. The command launched a hunt for its captors to ensure their safe rescue. The command is making progress in its investigation and operation.