Scores of motorists forced to park along the Kaduna-Abuja Expressway on Wednesday following the blocking of the road by kidnappers, were saved when the convoy of Governor Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna state arrived the scene.
The arrival of the governor to the scene at about 3:45pm made the kidnappers to leave the road after wounding some of their victims.
It was not clear whether any of the motorists was abducted, but according to Samuel Aruwan, the governor’s spokesman, El-Rufai ordered the evacuation of those injured to hospital for medical attention.
Aruwan said the governor was on his way to Abuja, but on getting to Akilubu village around 3:40pm, he sighted dozens of vehicles parked by citizens, who said kidnappers had blocked the road ahead.
He said: Security operatives in the governor’s convoy advanced and cleared the road of the criminals who fled into the forest.
“After clearing the road, Governor El-Rufai directed that travellers who had been wounded by the criminals be rushed to the nearest hospital.
“The Governor also directed security agencies to intensify patrols and permanently clear the road of the bandits.”