Gunmen yesterday abducted 15 passengers in
Rivers State when they hijacked a Lagos-bound
commercial bus.The incident occurred around
5:38 a.m. in Elibrada community along the
east-west road in Emohua Local Council Area.
This is coming some months after three
commercial vehicles were hijacked with their
passengers and drivers along Elele road, near
Port Harcourt.Confirming the crime, the state
Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni
disclosed that only five passengers and the
driver were abducted.
He said: “Five passengers were kidnapped on
the East-West yesterday. Three of them have
been rescued already and the police have also
gone on the trail of the criminals to rescue the
remaining two people.
“As soon as possible, they would be released.
The Police Commissioner, Zaki Ahmed has
made deployment in the area to ensure that
they are released unconditionally.”
The abduction forced other vehicles travelling
along the route to return to Port Harcourt until
movement was restored after some hours.The
Guardian leant that the bus, owned by a
notable transport company, was riddled with
bullets when the gunmen ambushed it.
According to an eyewitness account, the
attackers blocked the highway with woods and
shot sporadically into the air before abducting
the victims. He said no dead body was found in
the vehicle after the attackers abandoned it,
even though they fired at it directly.
The source further disclosed that the armed
bandits moved the victims to an unknown
destination at gunpoint.It was further leant
that the gunmen had not established contact
with the victims’ relations, at the time of filing
in this report.