Police recover school bus hijacked in Abuja, arrest two suspects
The two suspects stand in front of the school bus they stole
The Police on Tuesday afternoon recovered the school bus that was stolen at the gate of an Abuja school earlier in the day and arrested two suspects in connection with the incident.
The recovery of the bus was confirmed in a statement by the Force Public Relations' Officer, CSP Frank Mba.
The news of the kidnap had set off alarm among parents in Abuja, who rushed to various schools in Nyanya, Kurudu and other adjoining communities to pick up their children as they learnt some students were allegedly kidnapped in a school bus by unknown gunmen.
The police, however, swiftly moved to douse the anxiety of the parents as they announced that no student was actually kidnapped.
The police only confirmed that hoodlums, at about 7.45 a.m., had hijacked a Toyota Hiace school bus belonging to The Vine International Academy, Nyanya. The incident was reported by the driver who said he dropped the pupils off and was cleaning the bus when three armed men took the keys away.
The bus was recovered by police operatives attached to the Nasarawa Police Command along Lafia Road in Nasarawa State. Two of the three suspects were also arrested: Victor Essien, 40, and Ubong Bassey, 49.
Inspector-General of Police, IGP MD Abubakar, commended his men for a job well done and reassured Nigerians of the enhanced state of security in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and its environs.
The Nyanya susburb of Abuja has been the site of two separate bomb explosions that happened in the last three weeks and killed over 90 people.