Gun­men abduct eight APC sup­port­ers in Rivers State

Amaechi’s se­cu­rity aides res­cue one vic­tim

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - FRONT PAGE - From Ann God­win, Port Har­court

GUN­MEN yes­ter­day ab­ducted eight per­son who were on their way to Ubi­mini com­mu­nity in Rivers State for a pro­gramme or­gan­ised by the All Pro­gres­sive Congress (APC).

The Guardian gath­ered that the vic­tims were trav­el­ling with a Lexus jeep when the gun­men armed with AK47 rif­fles and other dan­ger­ous weapons struck, bar­ri­caded the ex­press way around Omoku/egbeda road and forced them into the bush.

Mean­while, Min­is­ter of Trans­porta­tion, Chibuike Amaechi, is said to have aided the res­cue of one of the vic­tims.

It was gath­ered that Amaechi, a for­mer gov­er­nor of the state, was on his way to the Ubi­mini com­mu­nity in Emo­hua Lo­cal Govern­ment Area to ad­dress sup­port­ers of the APC when he sighted a Lexus SUV aban­doned in the bush.

Amaechi, who was lead­ing his con­voy, stopped and or­dered his se­cu­rity team to comb the for­est in search of the oc­cu­pants of the ve­hi­cle. It was dur­ing the search that the se­cu­rity per­son­nel in the min­is­ter’s con­voy res­cued one of the oc­cu­pants of the aban­doned ve­hi­cle.

The vic­tims, it was learnt, turned out to be APC sup­port­ers trav­el­ling to at­tend the party’s rally in Ubi­mini.

Nar­rat­ing his or­deal to Amaechi, the res­cued vic­tim, Edi Chinda Edi, said they were on their way to Ubi­mini for the APC pro­gramme when the kid­nap­pers bar­ri­caded the ex­press way and at­tacked them. He said eight of them were in the ve­hi­cle when the kid­nap­pers armed with AK47 rif­fles and other dan­ger­ous weapons struck.

“We were eight in the car and they suc­ceeded in kid­nap­ping seven oth­ers. While they were beat­ing and forc­ing us into the bush, I man­aged to es­cape into the other side of the for­est,” he said.

Wor­ried about the safety of other vic­tims who were yet to be found, Amaechi di­rected some of his se­cu­rity per­son­nel to con­tinue the search and en­sure that the re­main­ing vic­tims were res­cued and their ab­duc­tors ar­rested and pros­e­cuted.

PHOTO: AYODELE ADENIRAN

Jus­tice Ade­mola Adetokunbo ( rtd) ( left); Prin­ci­pal Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Pen­sion Na­tional Ju­di­cial Coun­cil, Ifeoma Okeke; As­sis­tant Chief Regis­trar, Adeite Ibidunni ( rtd) and mem­bers of staff of the NJC Abuja, dur­ing the bio­met­ric data cap­tur­ing of re­tired fed­eral ju­di­cial of­fi­cers on the pay­roll of the coun­cil in La­gos… at the week­end.

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