Six Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) officials, who were recently released by their abductors, have accused the Nasarawa State police command spokesperson, Ramham Nansel, of lying about their release.
Ramham had reportedly said that no ransom was paid for the release of the officials.
“They were rescued by the security agencies comprising police and soldiers supported by vigilante groups and hunters,” he was quoted as saying.
However, speaking to BBC Hausa Service, the kidnapped FRSC officials revealed that they paid between N5 million to N6 million each to secure their freedom.
“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is a big lie, there is no element of truth in it, the kidnappers established contact with our relatives, the money was withdrawn in Nasarawa town.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,” one of the officials said.
Another victim, whose leg was said to have been 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 N6m.”
Unknown gunmen attacked the convoy of officials of the agency on September 14, 2020, while on their way to Abuja for a training.
About ten of them were kidnapped in the incident.