The Kebbi State Police Command in Nigeria has said that the vehicle used to kidnap students from Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri, Kebbi on Thursday, belonged to a state high court judge.
The van was seized by bandits on Birnin Yauri road, according to Kebbi police spokesman Nafi’u Abubakar. He denied reports that the van belonged to the police.
According to Abubakar, the number of pupils taken from the school in the state’s Ngaski LGA has yet to be determined.
He claimed that rumors that 50 students had been kidnapped from the school were untrue.
“The attention of the police has been drawn to reports made by some media stations that a police vehicle was used in kidnapping about 50 students of the FGC,” he said.
The command said Hilux was the vehicle used in the kidnapping attack and not a police van as alleged in the said reports.
“A White Hilux Van with registration No. kBSJ 29 belonging to a High Court judge with inscription of Kebbi State Judiciary, hijacked by bandits on Birnin Yauri road was the one used in the kidnapping and not a police vehicle as stated by some media stations.
“The command wishes to make it clear and set the records straight that yet to be ascertained number of students are still missing as rescue operation is still ongoing.”
Abubakar said the police will continue to update the media on the students’ rescue operations.