Pandemonium As Gunmen Kidnap Pregnant Lady, Orphan, 4 Different Travellers In Kogi
Some gunmen who’re suspected to be kidnappers have kidnapped six travellers who boarded Benue State Transport car often called Benue Hyperlinks going to Lagos.
It was learnt that the incident occurred on Saturday when the bus left Gboko with 13 passengers however was intercepted round 4pm at Ochaja close to Anyingba in Kogi State by suspected gunmen.
Among the many kidnapped passengers had been a pregnant girl and an orphan, whereas the driving force was allowed to go away with the opposite seven passengers.
Narrating what occurred to our correspondent, the driving force of the bus, Emmanuel Owoicho, mentioned that the gunmen earlier robbed them of their belongings earlier than taking away six passengers.
Owoicho who spoke on the telephone mentioned, “On Saturday I used to be travelling to Lagos. So after Ayingba, the place known as Ochada junction. On approaching there round 4pm, I noticed some males popping out from the bush and began taking pictures at us.
“I wished to go forward however later I spotted that if I try this, they might riddle the bus with bullets. So, I parked however earlier than I do know it many others got here from the bush and began robbing us.
“They collected our cash, telephones, every little thing we had they collected. Then they requested us to lie on the highway however on sighting a trailer on high-speed approaching, their chief requested us to rise up and keep by the roadside. He now requested six individuals to observe him, three males and three girls into the bush.
“It was after this that I referred to as again my passengers and we obtained to a Naval checkpoint and reported the incident to them. They and a few vigilante requested me to take them to the spot of the incident, after about 30 to 40 minutes of search, they got here again to say they may not discover the abductors.
“The subsequent day Sunday, I went to the Police Station in Ayingba to formally report the incident they usually instructed me to go. I then took the remaining passengers and returned to Gboko.
“I had left Gboko round 10am that Saturday and obtained to that junction at about 4pm. I picked up 13 passengers from Gboko on that day they usually kidnapped six, they collected the sum of 42, 000 naira from me.
The driving force, who mentioned he was in contact with the households of a few of the kidnapped passengers, mentioned that the abductors had begun to demand ransom.
“Am conscious they’re demanding N10 million as ransom from these kidnapped however their households are negotiating between 750,000 and 450,000. There’s an orphan woman whose household mentioned they solely have N80,000.
Whereas stating that the abductors had been nonetheless holding the victims, Owoicho mentioned, “Amongst these kidnapped is a pregnant girl. I really feel unhappy and pray that they’re all launched.
When contacted on telephone the Public Relations Officer of the corporate, Martina Iorchir, mentioned that she was not on the town and had not heard of it.