All passengers in an 18-seater bus have been reportedly kidnapped at Anyigba-Itobe Road in Ofu Local Government Area of Kogi State. An eyewitness stated that the incident happened around 4:00p.m. on Monday at the notorious kidnapping spot at Ochadamu area on the said highway.
Our reporter learnt from a competent source in the area that the hoodlums in their numbers flagged down the said bus at gun point and evacuated the passengers to the bush. The bus was said to be heading to Abuja from the eastern region of the country.
The locals further added that kidnapping activities in the Ochadamu flash point had increased after the army check point in the areas was dismantled. The security operatives, including the vigilantes in the area, were said to be making frantic efforts to rescue the kidnapped victims since the incident happened on Monday.
Navy Commander Jerry Omodara (retd), the state security adviser to governor Yahaya Bello, who confirmed the incident on Thursday, however, said that the state government was on top of the case. He stated that the state government has put enough measures in place to arrest the kidnappers and rescue the victims as well as stem the tide of criminal activities in the area.
Omodara said that since the hoodlums had resurfaced in the region, the government will rejig its measures and match fire to fire, assuring that the hoodlums will be neutralised shortly.
“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 said.
He stated further that the government has zero-tolerance to criminal activities in any part of the state, assuring that the tide of such ugly incident would be reduced and eliminated.