5 Maritime Union Workers, 3 Others Kidnapped by Gunmen

Gunmen hijacked a boat and abducted eight passengers in the Abonnema region of Akuku-Toru Local Government Area in Rivers State, causing panic.

Before the militants struck at Kula-Abonnema canal on Monday, the eight people were on their way to Port Harcourt from Kula region in Akuku-Toru LGA.

Jonah Jumbo, the State Chairman of the Marine Workers Union of Nigeria, confirmed the news, saying that five of the eight kidnapped people are members of the maritime union in the state’s Kula, Akuku-Toru local government area.

The victims were traveling to Port Harcourt for a conference, according to Jumbo, who pleaded with the abductors to release them unconditionally.

“The Kula unit and Abomema unit (of the marine workers union) were requested to come to the state headquarters here in Port Harcourt this morning for a meeting,” he added (Monday).

“We received a complaint (report) that the officials who were coming for the conference had been kidnapped while on their way from Kula.

“All of the passengers, including three others on the boat, were taken. Nobody has heard anything from the kidnappers so far.

“As a result, we’re pleading with the general public, the government, and security services to come to our aid and figure out how to locate the kidnappers.”

SP. Nnamdi Omoni, the state police command’s public relations officer, stated he had not yet received the report, saying, “I don’t have that report yet.” I’ll find out, and as soon as I do, I’ll let you know.”

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