Those abducted were on their way to Kaduna when they were forced to stop at about 12:30pm on Wednesday.

The incident happened between Sabon Akilibu and Tsohon Akilibu village.

The kidnappers numbering 30 stopped some vehicles and ordered travelers to alight.

The armed men gathered over 20 hostages  and herded them into the bush near Akilibu village.

One of the drivers that was kidnapped was, however, able to escape after he pleaded to be allowed to take a rest after their one-hour journey in the bush.

He later broke the news of the abduction to some of the relatives of those  that were kidnapped.

Spokesman to Kaduna Police Command, Aliyu Usman, said the command is yet to receive formal complaint on the issue.

Usman, an assistant superintendent of police, said the command was only aware of the incident on social media, noting that they were trying to verify the authenticity of the information.

Kidnapping along the Abuja-Kaduna highway as been on the rise in recent weeks. A lawmaker representing Kano, Garba Durbunde
 was abducted on May 30 but was later released 36 hours later. It remains unclear if ransom was paid for his release but the police are yet to announce the arrest of the abductors. In Lagos state, the government is still trying to secure the release of six secondary school students who were abducted from their school premises in Igbonla.