Abuja kidnap rumour: Stolen school bus recovered – Official

Snatched school bus recovered: Two male suspects arrested

Two men found in the bus were also arrested by security operatives.

Security agencies have recovered a school bus stolen in Nyanya, Abuja, on Tuesday morning, an official has said.

Nosike Ogbuenyi, the Special Assistant to the Minister of Federal Capital Territory, said the bus that was snatched from a Vines International Academy driver has been recovered.

Mr. Ogbuenyi, in a statement, said the vehicle with registration number: XG 246 GWA was recovered Tuesday afternoon in Lafia, Nasarawa State capital.

He also said that two men found in the bus were arrested by security operatives.

The Nigerian Police had earlier said that no pupil was taken away in the Nyanya school bus incident.

The Police, on their Facebook page, said the driver reported the incident at the Nyanya police station at about 7.48 a.m.

The driver told the police that while cleaning the bus at the gate of the school, after he had dropped off the pupils, three armed men accosted and ordered him to surrender the keys to the bus.

He complied.

The police also said that details of the vehicle were immediately relayed to all police units for recovery and arrest of suspects.

They also confirmed an earlier PREMIUM TIMES report that nobody was kidnapped or injured during the incident.

There was panic in communities on the outskirt of Abuja on Tuesday morning amidst reports that some students were kidnapped during the bus hijack.

Nyanya is the community where two recent, separate bomb explosions in three weeks killed at least 95 people.

When the rumours of the kidnap spread on Tuesday morning, parents were seen rushing to schools in Nyanya, Kurudu and other adjoining communities to pick their wards.

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