20th September, 2022
Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
Yet to be identified gunmen on Tuesday night attacked a vehicle along the now notorious Emohua/Kalabari road in Rivers state abducting two passengers.
The attack on the vehicle happened barely three days after seven passengers were abducted on the same road.
However, five of the seven passengers have been set free as at the time of filing this report.
A manager at Choba Motorpark in Obio-Akpor local government area who confirmed the latest incident said the Police visited the scene and towed the vehicle of the kidnapped passengers to the station.
Another commercial driver who claimed he saw the Driver and the passengers yesterday before the abduction, urged the police to enforce a no-night-driving policy on the Emohua/Kalabari road.
It would be recalled that the Commissioner of Police of Rivers State, CP Eboka Friday, had directed a Deputy Commissioner of Operations, DCP Muhammed Shehu to lead a tactical team of Anti-kidnapping units to secure the road.
Also, SP Grace Iringe-Koko, Rivers Police Public Relations Officer told our correspondent in a telephone interview that the CP has advised the Chairmen of four local government area of Emohua, Akuku-Toru, Asari-Toru and Degema to synergize with Police to secure the road for ease of commuters.
The Council Chairmen: Dr. Chidi Lloyd, Emohua; Hon. Onengiyeofori George, Asari-Toru; Hon. Michael John Williams, Degema and Hon. Rowland Sekibo, Akuku-Toru, in conjunction with a combined team of security operatives, led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations) in Rivers State, DCP Muhammed Shehu, jointly inspected the road on Monday to identify the hotspots along the road.
According to Dr. Chidi Lloyd, Chairman of Emohua local government area, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues after the inspection of the flashpoints as well as getaway points, used by the criminal elements, reaffirmed their commitment to make the areas safe for commuters.
Responding to this latest when he appeared as a guest on a Port Harcourt based radio Programme Nigeria Info FM’s Hard Facts, the Emohua Council Chairman, Chidi Lloyd said efforts have been intensified to curb the insecurity on Emohua/Kalabari road.