We bought freedom with N6m each – Six abducted FRSC officials say

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The six Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) officials who were recently released from their abductors have said that no security agency rescued them.

They said that each of them paid N6 million to the kidnappers before they were freed.

Police spokesman Ramham Nansel said no ransom was paid for their release.

“They were rescued by the security agencies comprising police and soldiers supported by vigilante groups and hunters,” he said.

But the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to BBC Hausa Service, said the police lied.

One of them said, “What the police are saying is a big lie, there is no element of truth in it, the kidnappers established contact with our relatives, the money was withdrawn in Nasarawa town.

“They instructed that only the driver should come with the money; when the driver brought the money, they kept us aside and counted it to ensure it was complete, but because it was getting dark, they did not finish and asked the driver to go with us while they also proceeded into the bush shooting in the air.”

Another victim whose leg was amputated as a result of the gunshot from the incident said, “We paid ransom through our relatives before we were released; some paid N5m, others N6 million.”

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