Unknown Gunmen Abduct 14 Oil Workers in Rivers


Fourteen workers of an oil firm known as Nestoil Plc in Port Harcourt have been kidnapped by unknown gunmen in Omoku, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The oil workers were abducted on Friday on their way back to their office in Port Harcourt from a technical job they had gone for in Omoku.

It was learnt that the unknown gunmen had ambushed the bus conveying the oil workers along Omoku-Elele Road and hijacked the vehicle at about 12.20pm.

Sources disclosed that the hoodlums had ordered the driver to drive the vehicle to an unidentified place, where the workers were marched into the bush.

As of the time of filing this report, details were still sketchy, but a security source in the area said that the police were already on top of the situation.

However, efforts made to reach the company were futile as the only contact available was not reachable.

A reliable source in Omoku explained that the number of those kidnapped was more than 14, adding that the Toyota Coaster bus conveying the Nestoil workers was abandoned somewhere close to a bush.

“The oil workers had gone to work somewhere in Obrikom, Omoku and they were on their way back to Port Harcourt when they were intercepted by unknown gunmen.

“We learnt that the workers were more than 14 and they were all taken into the bush at gunpoint,” the source said.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the Rivers State Police Command, Mr. Nnamdi Onomi, confirmed the incident, but quickly added that he did not have the details.

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