According to a source, the kidnappers first sought 60 million but eventually agreed to pay 16 million as ransom to free the travellers.
At least 11 people were kidnapped by gunmen on Sunday night when they ambushed a Benue Link passenger bus, according to many sources on Monday.
However, it was said that the attack, which took place at around 10 p.m. along the Ogbokolo-Otukpa route in the Okpokwu Local Government Area of Benue, allowed the vehicle’s driver and four passengers to flee.
According to a reliable source, the demand for the passengers’ release was reduced from the initial demand of 60 million to 16 million as ransom.
On September 10, a similar incident involving two buses from the transportation firm took place, and 28 individuals were abducted.
Two of the abducted had not yet been freed, making a total of 26 who had been released.
The Commissioner for Power, Energy, and Transport, Omale Omale, gave news reporters in Makurdi a confirmation of the development.
However, he claimed that the incident’s specifics were remained vague.
In the meantime, the NTA’s Makurdi Zonal Centre reported that one of the passengers who was kidnapped was an NTA employee.
Pam Nyam, the Zonal Director of the Centre, has informed the police of the situation and asked them to take immediate measures to free all the kidnapped passengers.