Gunmen are said to have abducted some National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, members in Rivers State’s Emohua Local Government Area.
The victims were reportedly returning from a recent orientation camping exercise in Ondo State. They were kidnapped on their way to Port Harcourt at 9 p.m. on Tuesday.
The incident was confirmed by a witness, who called a radio station in the city to announce the abduction of her sister-in-law and colleagues.
The witness said the corps members were abducted on the Rumuji axis of the East-West Road in Emohua, Rivers State.
Five of the corps members were said to have escaped the abduction and reported at the Rumuji Divisional Police Station.
Number of victims abducted by the kidnappers could not be ascertained at press time.
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Okon Effiong, has deployed a police tactical team to track down gunmen who abducted the NYSC members at Rumuji.
The Rivers Police Command’s spokesperson, Grace Iringe-Koko, who revealed the CP’s directive in Port Harcourt yesterday, said that some of the corps members had been recovered and that attempts are being made to liberate those who are still with the kidnappers.
“Those the police say they have rescued were lucky corps members who escaped the kidnap,” a security source and eyewitness told Vanguard. What happened was that a group of corps members from Rivers were on their way to Port Harcourt from the NYSC Camp in Ondo, where they had completed orientation.