Kidnapping: Gunmen divert 18-seater bus in Rivers

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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.

Newsmen 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 to newsmen, 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.

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