They say lightening does not strike a place twice but it seems it has in Rivers State.

Barely 7 days after 11 people were abducted from a bus as they travelled close to Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, 19 occupants of a bus have been kidnapped by gunmen.

The kidnappers, who were 10 in number and heavily armed, blocked the road and forced the bus to stop.

Thursday’s abduction would be the third time in one month that passengers would be waylaid on the road by hoodlums.

It was also learnt that the victims, who were on their way to Owerri, the Imo State capital, were marched into the bush by their captors at about 8.30am.

A driver plying the route, Martins Aluziwe, said his bus was earlier attacked by the hoodlums, adding that he and the driver, whose bus was intercepted, loaded passengers into their vehicles almost at the same time at Agip and Whimpy junctions.

Aluziwe added that soldiers at a checkpoint close to the scene of the incident had moved into the bush to ensure the rescue of the abducted persons.

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