Nigeria: 19 bus passengers abducted in Port Harcourt

According to the spokesman of the Rivers state police, Nnamdi Omoni some unknown gunmen have kidnapped 19 bus passengers at an oil hub in the southern part of Nigeria, Port Harcourt. This act is the latest of a series of abductions within the oil rich region in recent weeks.

The police spokesman confirmed the act on Friday September 8 noting that the bus attacked on Thursday September 7 and citing the fact security forces had managed to rescue 12 of the 19 victims.

“Security operatives are still combing the bush the victims were taken into,” Nnamdi Omoni told reporters.

Kidnapping for ransom has long been a problem in the southern of Nigeria and has typically targeted prominent individuals or their families and these victims are usually released after the recommended amount of money is paid to the kidnappers.

But there have now been at least three attacks against commercial buses in the past four weeks, suggesting sustained economic hardship is making anyone a target.

The latest incident involved an 18-seater bus operated by the state-owned Rivers Mass Transit Company; it was heading for Owerri, the capital of neighboring Imo state, from Port Harcourt.

Source : Reuters

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