Nigeria: Gunmen Seize Buses, Abduct Passengers on Kogi Road

Nigeria: Gunmen Seize Buses, Abduct Passengers on Kogi Road

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

In a distressing turn of events, a group of armed gunmen intercepted transport buses en route from Kogi State to Abuja, seizing control and abducting passengers in a brazen act of criminality. The incident, which occurred along the Kogi State axis of the Abuja expressway, has prompted swift action from law enforcement authorities in an effort to rescue the victims and apprehend the perpetrators.

Commissioner of Police for Kogi State, CP Bethrand Onuoha, wasted no time in mobilizing a tactical response team to address the crisis. Deploying a combination of resources, including local police units, vigilante groups, and hunters, efforts are underway to locate and rescue the kidnapped individuals.

SP William Ovye Aya, spokesperson for the Kogi State Police Command, confirmed the incident and outlined the ongoing rescue operation. The intensified efforts involve additional tactical squads, comprising Quick Response Units, Police Mobile Force, Counter-Terrorism Units, and conventional police personnel, who are conducting thorough searches in the surrounding areas.

Amidst the unfolding situation, one victim’s spouse took to social media to share their harrowing experience and appeal for assistance in raising awareness about the abduction. Describing the ordeal of his wife, who was among those taken captive, he recounted the hijacking of the bus in Kogi State and the subsequent demand for a hefty ransom by the kidnappers.

The alarming incident has reverberated throughout the region, instilling fear among travelers wary of falling prey to similar attacks along the Kogi/Abuja expressway. Despite the apprehension, there remains a glimmer of hope among road users, buoyed by the proactive response of security agencies and the collective optimism for the safe rescue of the victims and the swift apprehension of those responsible.

As authorities continue to coordinate rescue efforts and bolster security measures along the route, the incident serves as a stark reminder of the persistent threat posed by criminal elements and the imperative of sustained vigilance and collaboration to safeguard the safety and well-being of all citizens.

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