Nigerian police said nine of their officers who had been kidnapped along the Katsina-Zamfara road had been rescued.
Police spokesman Frank Mba said on Friday evening that the police had been “successfully rescued”.
According to him, their captors first demanded a ransom of 800,000 naira each.
“Nigerian police successfully rescued nine policemen who were reported missing on November 8, 2020, between Kankara town and Sheme, Katsina state, after the night commercial bus they were traveling in was attacked by heavily armed men, all dressed in military camouflage. but suspected of being bandits.
“The officers, all deputy superintendents of police (ASP), were on their way to Gusau in Zamfara State from Maiduguri at the time of the incident.
“Two of the officers are currently receiving medical treatment in a hospital, while the other seven are being debriefed.
“The covert operation to locate and rescue the officers began as soon as they were discovered missing on their way to their destination.
“Thus, the apparent delay in commenting on the unfortunate incident was a deliberate decision to protect the integrity and confidentiality of the rescue operation and the attendant safety of the officers.
“It is also important to state that the preliminary investigation showed that the attack on the vehicle was an opportunistic crime as the officers were all traveling in mufti, unarmed and alongside other private citizens in the utility vehicle.
“The total number of agents involved in the incident is nine and not 12 as previously, incorrectly reported in some sections of the media,” he said.