At least 10 passengers and the driver of a white Toyota Sienna SUV travelling to Port Harcourt from Abua in the Abua/Odual Local Government Area of Rivers State were abducted by gunmen on Wednesday.

The gunmen who laid siege at the Rumuekpe junction axis of the road shot into the air and took away the 10 passengers in the vehicle and the driver.

This is coming weeks after the Rivers State Police Command declared a state of emergency on the road due to incessant killings and abduction in the area, a declaration that seems to have failed to abate criminal activity in the area.

It was gathered that the victims were taken into the bush, while the vehicle was abandoned on the road.

According to a driver, who plies the East-West Road: “The vehicle that conveyed the kidnapped victims was still on the highway.

“The white Toyota Sienna, which conveyed the kidnapped persons, is abandoned on the road; I saw it first around 9am and by around 11am when I passed there again, I still saw it.

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“I know the driver; we call him Star. After we heard about the incident, we have been running around calling his people as well as others who can help. I am praying for his and the passengers’ freedom too.”

When contacted, the Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, said he had not been briefed about the incident.

“I have not yet got information about this incident, but once I get the details, I will get back to you,” he stated.

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