Kidnappers have released 10 out of the 13 abducted staff members of the Zaria Local Government, Kaduna State.
It would be recalled that the victims were abducted by bandits on November 8, at Kidandan, Giwa Local Government Kaduna State while on their way for a condolence visit to Dogara Abdullahi, a staff member who lost his father.
Three of the abducted staff include Suleiman Zailani, Mrs Deborah Mugu, Director, Education and Social Development, her deputy, Dalhatu Aliyu-Awai.
Spokesperson of the command, ASP Mohammed Jalige, who confirmed the development to newsmen on Sunday in Zaria, said that the kidnapped staff were released on Saturday, adding that efforts are on to ensure the release of the remaining three victims.
The PPRO declined to comment on whether ransom was paid to secure the release of the abducted staff.
However, a family source, who craved anonymity, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the staff members were released after payment of N40 million ransom to the kidnappers.
He added that family members of the victims contributed money to pay the ransom.
The source said that the kidnappers did not release three of the abducted staff because some conditions for the release were N40m and three brand new motorcycles.
“Only the money was taken to them that is why they refused to release the three staff. The freed victims are yet to be united with their families because they were taken to an undisclosed hospital for medical examinations,” he said.