Gunmen kidnap three travellers near Port Harcourt Airport

Gunmen kidnap three travelers near Port Harcourt airport

The Rivers State Police Command has confirmed the abduction of three persons along a road leading to Port Harcourt International Airport.

The victims were abducted on the Obiri-Ikwerre road leading to the airport on the night of Tuesday, January 2, 2024.

Spokesperson of the command, SP Grace Iringe-Koko, who confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday, said the police were already in pursuit of the kidnappers.

“The Commissioner of Police, Olatunji Disu, has tasked our tactical team commanders and Divisional Police Officers within the jurisdiction to implement adequate security measures,” she stated.

“These measures were put in place to ensure that criminals are arrested,”

It was gathered that the victims were traveling from the airport area to Obiri Ikwerre road when they were attacked by suspected bandits positioned on the road.

One of the fugitives, Emmanuel Biira, however, told NAN that more than three people were removed from the taxi he boarded.

He said that of the 10 vehicles ambushed by the criminals, some passengers were taken away while others managed to escape into nearby bushes along the highway.

“The incident began when our vehicle was ambushed near the airport junction roundabout as we were heading towards the Obi Ikwerre flyover,” he explained.

“We encountered an ambush with eight to 10 cars. As we approached the location, the kidnappers started shooting randomly into the air,”

“As soon as the shooting started, we returned to the airport junction, but the kidnappers betrayed us,”

Biira reported that occupants of other vehicles who tried to escape the kidnappers were shot at and forcibly taken away.

“After the bandits crossed us, I jumped out of the car to run, but there was nowhere to go. But at that moment, the Lord showed me a car to hide in,”

“So I quickly hid under the car and as I did so, three kidnappers passed by – dragging a man, while one of them got into the car I was in to turn off the engine,”

“I am alive today because of God’s mercy and covenant of protection over His children,” he added.

The ecstatic fugitive said his wife would have been a young widow and his children fatherless if one of the stray bullets had hit him.

“I am immensely grateful to God alone. Thank you, Jesus Christ”, expressed Biira.


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