Friday, 26 October 2018
Gunmen kidnapped 5 new corp Members
Some armed men kidnapped five members of the National Youth Service Corps, who travel to their orientation camps in Akwa Ibom and Rivers States on Wednesday.
Two other passengers on the bus that had the corps members were also abducted.
The fresh candidates and the other victims were traveling from Ibadan, Oyo State Capital, Two Rivers and Akwa Ibom states where they were billed to undertake their three-week NYSC orientation.
They were kidnapped on the Owerri-Port Harcourt Expressway and taken to the Umuapu Forest in the Ohaji / Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State.
Briefing journalists after the victims were rescued by the police, the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Imo State Police Command, Dasuki Galadanchi, said the kidnappers established contact with the families of the corps members and demanded N5m ransom.
The CP gave the names of the corps members as Abiola Temitope, Olubisi Adekanmi, Jose Temitayo, Folarin Opeyemi and Shonibare Ademola.
Other victims were identified as Leonard Uzondu and Raymond Ojodahe.
The CP said, "The victims were traveling from Ibadan to Port Harcourt. Five out of the seven of them are prospective corps members. They were on their way to the NYSC orientation camps in Rivers and Akwa.
"They were kidnapped around 5am on Wednesday at Umuapu, on the Owerri-Port-Harcourt Expressway. The kidnappers took them to a forest and abducted them from all their belongings, including money, phones, ATM cards and voters cards.
"They forced them to call their relatives at home to talk to them. Immediately contact was established, they instilled fear in the parents and demanded N5m for their freedom."
The CP explained that through intelligence gathering, the operatives of the Counter Terrorism Unit of the command were alerted.
He said, "The operatives went into the bush and on sighting the officers, the kidnappers abandoned their victims and fled. We rescued them unhurt, but the hoodlums made away with their valuables.
"This is part of the dividends of community policing. I urge Imo State residents to keep sharing information with the police." We can not do it alone. "
Galadanchi said he had ordered investigation into the incident with a view to arresting the fleeing suspects.
One of the victims, Abiola, said, "They stopped our bus and ordered us to gunpoint to follow them into the forest. They were five with guns and machetes
"In the bush, they took our belongings with the exception of our credentials and ordered us to call our parents. They made a demand of N5m, but they later brought it down to N3m.
They were as quick as sharing our personal belongings that they took from us. It was in the process that the police intervened and they left us and ran away. "