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Rivers Mass Transit Bus Driver & 18 Passengers Kidnapped In Ikwerre Rivers State

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September 8, 2017 – Rivers Mass Transit Bus Driver & 18 Passengers Kidnapped In Ikwerre Rivers State

Some suspected kidnappers struck again in Rivers State on Thursday, waylaying an 18-seater bus and abducting the 19 occupants of the vehicle, including the driver.

It was gathered that the incident happened on Isiokpo-Elele Road in the Ikwerre Local Government Area, about 30 kilometres from Agip Junction in Port Harcourt, where the bus branded, Rivers Mass Transit Company, took off.

Sources explained that the kidnappers, who were 10 in number and heavily armed, blocked the road and forced the bus to stop as soon as it (bus) approached them.

Thursday’s abduction would be the third time in one month that passengers would be waylaid on the road by hoodlums.

It was also learnt that the victims, who were on their way to Owerri, the Imo State capital, were marched into the bush by their captors at about 8.30am.

A driver plying the route, Mr. Martins Aluziwe, said his bus was earlier attacked by the hoodlums, adding that he and the driver, whose bus was intercepted, loaded passengers into their vehicles almost at the same time at Agip and Whimpy junctions before moving out of the park at the same time.

Aluziwe added that soldiers at a checkpoint close to the scene of the incident had moved into the bush to ensure the rescue of the abducted persons.

He said, “What happened was that we were going to Owerri this morning (Thursday). On getting to Omuagwa, I met the driver of the hijacked vehicle, who was also travelling to Owerri. When we got to the bridge by Isiokpo Junction, armed men attacked us.

“Because I was in the front, they only shot at my car; they could not stop me. The bullet did not hit anybody inside my vehicle, but the other bus was attacked and everybody, including the driver, were taken into the bush.

“Another driver informed me that soldiers had entered into the bush, but no information about the kidnapped victims yet. We are calling for more security personnel to rescue the people.”

When contacted, the state Public Relations Officer, Mr. Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the incident.

He said 12 persons among the kidnap victims had been rescued.

He said, “It happened this morning (Thursady). Our men have rescued 12 persons. Efforts are on to get others rescued.”

Omoni explained that security operatives were still combing the bush with a view to apprehending the hoodlums and rescuing the remaining passengers.

[Punch NG]



  1. Sisi Temi

    September 8, 2017 at 2:09 AM

    This contri can never change, it is not a curse, why d frequent kidnappings. Can’t we walk free for crying out loud. Dis contri tire me

  2. Francis EO

    September 8, 2017 at 4:39 AM

    Kaduna Abuja’s road is a bit free of kidnapper now the same operation should be carried out in that area enough is enough.

  3. Metu Nyetu

    September 8, 2017 at 5:15 AM

    ALL THESE ARE the ripple effects of bad governance. We cannot eat our cakes and still have it. Our leaders have killed us in this country. If anybody finds his way out of this hell, let him remain there o. Their call for diasporas to come back that we may develop the country together is a dumb as a pigs head. Who would hear this story and want to come back?

  4. J. B. Hunter

    September 8, 2017 at 11:27 AM

    I THOUGHT THAT with the coming of this fulani herdsman turned president who has ruled Nigeria for more than two years now from his flight, things would be far better than GEJ‘s time? But I was wrong.

    Sometimes, I wonder what‘s really the so called good work people are calling him from abroad to come and continue.

    Because from my observation, anytime he is in the country though, he seldom do, everything will change for the worse.
    Then there would be more:-
    i) kidnapings
    ii) boko haram‘s attacks
    iii) Naira fall against the Dollar
    iv) more Biafran agitations
    v) new outbreak of sickness
    vi) cases of suicide
    vii) road accidents claiming thousands of souls.
    May God have mercy on our stupidity and foolishness by voting for this mistake called president buhari. And HEAL our Land.

    I take a stroll…

  5. Lola O

    September 8, 2017 at 1:32 PM

    Do you know of any country worse than Nigeria on earth? I wonder where wickedness and lust for money at all costs is taking us. I now believe strongly in vigilante justice. People should pounce on their emergency billionaire neighbors and set them ablaze if a search of their premises reveals incriminating evidence. How many more families will lose loved ones before all this nonsense stops? Imagine their audacity, in broad daylight? People basically can’t live normal lives anymore in Nigeria. My friend’s only child was kidnapped in broad daylight in Opebi, Lagos five years ago but God miraculously saved him after their boss in the bush warned his boys that he was dangerous market for them because his mother is a prayer warrior. Meanwhile, his mother was in a camp praying and was sensing danger and called some leaders to pray with her after her son had not answered her several calls to his cell phone. She relocated outside of Nigeria afterwards. I can’t even imagine what would have become of her if those evil doers had succeeded in killing her 17 year old son she had at age 34 and a single parent. Nigerians, wake up and do more to protect yourselves and loved ones.

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