Gunmen kidnap 10 passengers including driver In Rivers
10 passengers and the driver were kidnapped by masked gunmen on Wednesday in Rivers State.
We gathered that suspected gunmen intercepted a white Toyota Sienna SUV, travelling to Port Harcourt from Abua in the Abua/Odual Local Government Area of Rivers State
According to reports, the passengers were accosted by their kidnappers at the Rumuekpe junction along the East-West Road in the Emohua area of the state.
An eyewitness at the scene told Punch that the gunmen came out of a nearby forest, shot into the air and took away the 10 passengers in the vehicle and the driver.
The eyewitness narrated, He said, “Some young men, early this morning, came out of the bush with guns at the Rumuekpe junction along the East-West Road in the Emohua Local Government Area and blocked a Toyota Sienna SUV conveying 10 passengers.
“They fired some gunshots into the air before kidnapping all the passengers in the vehicle as well as the driver. The victims were taken into the bush, while the vehicle was abandoned on the road.”
A driver, who plies the East-West Road, said the vehicle that conveyed the kidnapped victims was still on the highway.
He stated, “The white Toyota Sienna, which conveyed the kidnapped persons, is abandoned on the road; I saw it first around 9 am and by around 11 am when I passed there again, I still saw it.
“I know the driver; we call him Star. After we heard about the incident, we have been running around calling his people as well as others who can help. I am praying for him and the passengers’ freedom too.”
Furthermore, Nnamdi Omoni, the Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, said he hasn’t been briefed on the incident yet but promised to revert with information.
In his words, “I have not yet got information about this incident, but once I get the details, I will get back to you.”