Police rescue kidnapped PCMs in Katsina

All the four prospective corps members (PCMs) that were kidnapped on Monday night around Funtua, Katsina State have regained freedom.

They were all rescued by the policemen in Katsina in an operation that commenced since Tuesday morning.

It was gathered that the victims, comprising three men and a woman named Oladehin Olamigoke Paul, Fanokun Juwon Adewale, Ojo David Temitope and Adenibiuan Adegboyega, were being taken to the NYSC camp in Katsina by a police convoy where they were likely to undergo the orientation exercise.

According to reports, the victims and some of their schoolmates were traveling on a chartered bus to the NYSC orientation camps in Nasarawa and Zamfara States before they were forcefully taken away by their captors around 11:30pm.

They boarded a bus from Owo, Ondo State to participate in the 2020 Batch A Stream 1 orientation exercise which started on Tuesday, 10th March 2020.

It was gathered that the kidnappers called the families around midnight on Tuesday and demanded N10m ransom.

According to a parent to one of the victims, the kidnappers called with the same number they used to reach him the previous day which was availed the police.

“I just spoke with the Commissioner of Police now and he told me that all four have been rescued. I am thankful to the police for rescuing them. The kidnappers called again around midnight and this time, someone who could speak English was on the other end. They said I have to bring N10m for my child to be released.

“But I did not pay anything and they have been rescued. I am thankful that the children are safe and they are being taken to NYSC in Katsina,” said the parent.

NYSC management is still yet to release a statement concerning the abduction of the four PCMs.

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