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Kidnapping: Gunmen divert 18-seater bus in Rivers

Unknown gunmen have diverted a commercial 18-seater bus along with its passengers into a forest around Omurelu-Elele-Owerri road axis in Rivers State.

It was gathered that the 18-seater bus was traveling from Owerri, in Imo State to Port Harcourt, Rivers State when they were ambushed by armed suspected kidnappers around Omurelu-Elele new road.

The Commander of the IGP Monitoring Unit in Rivers State, Ben Igwe, who confirmed the development on telephone, said the incident happened in the early hours of Thursday.

“The incident happened and we are aware of it. Myself and my team are on top of the situation,” Igwe said

Igwe, who is the Deputy Commissioner of Police, assured that efforts were underway to rescue the kidnapped victims unhurt, as his team is leading the operation.

The commander of IGP Monitoring Unit also disclosed that the corpse of a Catholic priest who was kidnapped some weeks ago has been recovered after the kidnappers were believed to have collected ransom from the family of the victim.

In the meantime, a source from Omerelu community disclosed that mass arrest was ongoing in the community as a result of the crimes carried out in the area.

 

About Lanre Oyetade

A multiple award winner in Economics and business journalism, Lanre Oyetade has served close to two decades in the media industry, spanning different notable stables, where he is privileged to have risen to the position of a title editor. A masters degree holder in Economics from the University of Lagos and doctoral student at the Babcock University, he is a winner of the prestigious NMMA Capital Market Award for two consecutive years (2004 & 2005), and was also a nominee for the body’s banking and finance and money market awards for two years. In 2013, he also won the Most Outstanding Business-Reporting Title Editor award of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN). A minister in the LORDS’s vineyard, he has been an inspirational speaker and resource person at many corporate and religious fora since early 2004, and has so far authored three books on the capital market; on personal effectiveness, and on personal finance, in 2008 and 2014, respectively.