Unspecified number of passengers in an 18-seater bus have been reportedly abducted at Ochadamu along Anyigba-Itobe road in Ofu Local Government Area (LGA) of Kogi State.
Navy Commander Jerry Omodara (rtd), the state security adviser to Governor Yahaya Bello, confirmed the attack on Thursday, saying the state government was in complete control of it.
We have fought them; we will fight them; and we will continue to fight them until they are neutralised in that axis of the state.
“Security agents have been alerted and they will do the needful,” Omodara said.
As of the time of filing this report, it could not be verified if the Abuja-bound vehicle was fully occupied, but it was gathered that the incident happened around 4 pm on Monday at a kidnapping hotspot on the Anyigba-Itobe highway.
The criminals, numbering about 12, flagged down the bus at gunpoint and whisked the travellers into the bush.
According to locals, kidnapping activities in the Ochadamu flash point had greatly reduced, but picked up recently after the Nigerian Army checkpoint in the area was taken down following a deadly accident.
In the meantime,the ex-Navy commander also made mentioned, the state government have taken sufficient steps to curb the flow of illegal activities in the region.
Decisively,he claimed that the government will surely put in more endeavors to fight the menaces since they were beginning to perpetrate their nefarious deeds,urging the people not to panic because the criminals would surely meet their waterloo.
“We have fought them; we will fight them; and we will continue to fight them until they are neutralised in that axis of the state. Security agents have been alerted and they will do the needful”, he affirmed.
Conclusively,all attempts by newsmen to get to the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Superintendent of Police,SP William Aya,proved abortive.