A relative of one of the three students of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Sadiq Ango, has come out to say that police were not involved in the rescue of the students as ransom was paid in full.
Sadiq tweeted this from his Twitter page while reacting to a post by the media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, Bashir Ahmad, which claimed the rescue was orchestrated by the Nigerian police. Sadiq replied saying that the families of one of the students negotiated a ransom payment for their daughter which took 48 long hours.
His tweet reads:
“Lies… It took us 48 long hours of negotiations with the kidnappers to secure the release of our sister to us, NOT the police. Ransom was paid in full as negotiated with the three families involved”
This incident happened on the 26th of August, along Abuja-Kaduna expressway, when three people were killed by bandits and seven people were kidnapped. Among those kidnapped were three students from Ahamdu Bello University (ABU) who according to reports have now been released.
After he was called out for giving the wrong information to the public, Ahmad deleted his tweet and apologized for sharing misinformation with the public.
“I have taken down this tweet. Relatives and one of the victims confirmed that there’s no police involvement in the process that lead to their release. Got the info first from NAN, mins later some n’papers carried it, too bad was trying to take credit. I apologize for sharing it,”
This act of retracting the tweet and apologising for his inaccurate post got Ahmad a lot of commendation from Nigeria twitter users and also Sadiq was widely praised for admonishing Bashir Ahmed and clarifying the situation surrounding the release of the kidnapped students.