ONELGA bus fully loaded with 14 passengers was hijacked by gunmen in Rivers state. The hoodlums burnt the bus immediately they abducted the passengers.

According to police statement signed by its spokesman, DSP Omoni Nnamdi said that the victims were saved because of the immediate response of the police to the situation.He also said nobody was hurt and no ransom was paid to release the victims.

DSP advised people to be careful and vigilant to know when the hoodlums are parading themselves with army uniform and hilux as if they are real armies on duty.

“In view of this, the public is hereby warned to seek clearance and confirmation from the Police Control Room, before following any officer who claims to have come to arrest him/her. It has been discovered that such arrest eventually turns out to be abduction.

“On the 12th of August, 2016, fourteen (14) passengers were abducted while traveling from Omoku to Port Harcourt in a bus. In a swift reaction by the Command’s Tactical Units, the bus was seen and after a diligent operation by the Command; the hostages were released unhurt. They have been debriefed and have reunited with their families. However, no ransom was paid.

“The Commissioner of Police, CP Francis Mobolaji Odesanya, wishes to assure the good people of the State that we are on top of our game, as we continue to wage the war against all manners of crime and criminality in the State. We urge the public to continue to have confidence in the Police, and volunteer information timely, as the Command is poised to making the State safe again.‎”