Gunmen have kidnapped unspecified number of passengers of two Abuja-bound buses in the Inele-Eteke Ogugu, New Road area, in the eastern senatorial district of Kogi state.
This was confirmed in a statement on Monday by the State Police Command Spokesman, SP William Aya.
It was learnt that transport buses belonging to GIG and ABC were hijacked in Kogi state by kidnappers while heading to Abuja on Sunday.
A source said the hijacked GIG bus left Umuahia at 7:30 am on Saturday on their way to Abuja.
Speaking further on the incident, the police spokespsrson said that the DPO, local vigilantes and hunters have been in the bush in an effort to rescue the victims.
“CP has deployed an additional Tactical Squad consist of Quick Response Unit, Police Mobile Force, and Counter-Terrorism Unit, as well as conventional police personnel, to the area to continue with the bush combing and to ensure all victims are rescued unhurt,” he said.
“The report reaching me this morning is that a GIG and ABC transport buses heading to Abuja were hijacked by kidnappers yesterday in Kogi State.
“The GIG bus left Umuahia at 7:30am and was hijacked at Kogi State. GIG company said they have contacted security services and they are tracking them. The kidnappers phoned this morning via my wife’s phone and were demanding N15 million.”