Gunmen intercept Lagos-bound bus in Imo, whisk away passengers

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A vehicle en route to Lagos from Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, has been intercepted in Imo State with the passengers kidnapped.

Our correspondent gathered that the incident, which happened on a road called Odo Rubber, in Obiohuru, in the Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of the state, created tension in the community.

The passengers were travelling on a bus marked, Akwa Ibom State Government, when the gunmen struck.

The assailants reportedly took the victims and abandoned the vehicle and luggage.

A community source said, “No one knows where they were taken to. The bus was still steaming when villagers saw it on Tuesday on a lonely road called Odo Rubber. Phones and the luggage of the passengers were intact.”

The President-General of the community, Dr Sharon Ohaka, who spoke to our correspondent on the phone on Wednesday, disclosed that the bus had been pushed out of the road and handed over to the police.

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He said, “We invited the police at the area command and the divisional headquarters at Ishiebu. They took over the vehicle, the luggage and the investigation process.”

The state police spokesperson, Micheal Abattam, had yet to respond to a text message sent to him by our correspondent on the incident.

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