Along the Emohua-Kalabari road in Rivers State, gunmen have kidnapped eight passengers and killed an employer bus driver.
On Saturday night, September 3, 2022, gunmen ambushed a Sienna bus carrying passengers from Mile One Park in the Diobu neighborhood of Port Harcourt to Buguma. The driver, Taylor Salvation Harry, was killed in the attack.
According to reports, the assailants shot the driver dead in a commando-like manner, then promptly escorted all of the passengers into a woodland, firing rounds into the air to fend off any threats while making an uncontested getaway.
SP Grace Iringe Koko, a spokesperson for the State Police Command, confirmed the kidnapping and stated that the command has begun an investigation. She further stated that the police would use all available resources to stop the kidnapping.
Meanwhile, former Chief Press Secretary. at Asar-Toru Local Government Area of the state, Soye Granville, said the driver was his cousin and they had met hours before the incident.
“In our Buguma City, Saturday night was a very sad night because young men along the Emohua-Kalabari Road who are very lazy but have a desire for quick wealth and the illegal business of kidnapping killed a young man who was lawfully seeking out his daily bread and doing his legitimate job,” he wrote.
“Taylor Salvation Harry, a cousin in my paternal family in Ikpo Polo Buguma and Minama, all in Asalga, and I met Friday morning at the Buguma park where he was checking oil and others in his Toyota Picnic vehicle he manages to run the transport business and he reminded me of the discussions we had some months ago about support for him and I made a promise to him and left he was full of life and has faced so many challenges but somehow God has helped him out
“Only a few hours later, savage devils snuffed away his life. It is such a heinous and culpable act of wickedness and cowardice that has emboldened criminal elements as a result of the failure of the security apparatus across the country to act proactively or, in most cases, misplaced priority over the lives of law-abiding citizens for small stipends some of them receive from local artisanal refineries, which are contributing more to the problems the society faces today with funds to buy weapons by non-state actors, who in turn cause havoc with same against innocent citizens.
“I am pleading with the federal government to send their agency in charge of the Emohua-Kalabari Road to go and fix the road as soon as possible (FERMA)
“That there should be collaboration between the federal, state, and local governments to figure out how to fix the road while putting government bureaucracy aside and thinking about the lives lost and those kidnapped and maimed for ransom
“Furthermore, all-night travel should be avoided for the time being until normalcy is restored. Another important element adding to the threat of kidnappings and other forms of crime is that the majority of those involved are known; they are not spirits; they live among us and are generally applauded when they throw their blood money about,”