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Police Find Ameerah Safiyanu, Say She, 16 Others Not Abducted as Claimed

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The Federal Capital Territory Police Command has found 17-year-old Safiyanu Amira, with Twitter handle @ameerah_sufyan, who claimed she was kidnapped alongside 17 others on the 14th of June 2022 in Abuja.

The command’s Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Oduniyi Omotayo, confirmed the development on Friday.

Omotayo, however, debunked reports that Amira and seventeen others were abducted at gunpoint.

He said: “The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command wishes to categorically debunk the viral news of the alleged kidnapping of one Safiyanu Amira and seventeen (17) others who were reportedly abducted at gunpoint by Armed men in Police uniform on Tuesday 14th June 2022 at about 1:00 pm and to state that Safiyanu Amira is currently safe in Police custody.

“While she is currently in the hospital receiving medical attention as demanded by global best practices, the investigation continues and findings will be communicated subsequently.

“The Commissioner of Police FCT Command CP Babaji Sunday psc while commending the gallantry of the Tactical and Investigative apparatus detailed on the case, appreciated the members of the public for their calm maintained and the various degrees of useful information given to the Police.

“He enjoined the good people of the FCT not to relent in partnering with the police, especially towards the rendition of information, to remain vigilant, and report any suspicious or abnormal occurrence to the Police through the following emergency lines: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653, and 08028940883. While the Public Complaint Bureau (PCB) desk could be reached on: 0902 222 2352.”

Amirah had alleged on Twitter that she and 17 other victims were abducted at gunpoint from different parts of Abuja by men in police uniforms and a van.

On her Twitter handle, @ameerah_sufyan, she wrote, “Please whoever has my WhatsApp number I sent a broadcast message of my location.

“We were abducted at gunpoint by people with police uniforms and a van from our houses from different parts of Abuja.

“We’re 17 including three pregnant women and two little kids. They didn’t see my phone.”

Shortly after the first tweet, Sufyan gave details of her captors.

“They’re four Yoruba and two Fulani men. They divided us up an hour ago. We’re seven here,” she tweeted.

She added, “The other vehicle they said they will reach Ilorin and ours will reach Ibadan or Ikeja as they said.”

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