The Rivers State Police Command have rescued fourteen bus passengers kidnapped in Ogba/Egnema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State last Friday.
The passengers were kidnapped on Friday by gunmen, who intercepted their 14-seater bus branded ONELGA Link along Elele-Ikiri-Omoku Road and diverted the vehicle to a nearby bush.
The hoodlums were said to set the bus ablaze after ordering the passengers to come down and start walking in the bush
Confirming the rescuing mission, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Nnamdi Omoni, said the victims were released on Sunday night after a tactical and diligent operation by operatives of the Command.
He added that no ransom was paid for the release of the victims, adding that they had since been reunited with their families.
“On the 12th of August, 2016, 14 passengers were abducted while traveling from Omoku to Port Harcourt in a bus.
“In a swift reaction by the Command’s Tactical Units, the hostages were released unhurt.
“They have been debriefed and have reunited with their families. However, no ransom was paid,” Mr Omoni added
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Francis Odesanya, has assured the people of the state that the police was “on top of the game” in waging war against crime.
“We urge the public to continue to have confidence in the police and volunteer information timely as the Command is poised to making the state safe again.”
He observed that kidnappers had devised a new method of wearing Army camouflage uniforms to perpetrate crime in the state.