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Gunmen attack buses, kidnap passengers on Abuja-Lokoja road

Near Ochonyi village, on the Abuja-Lokoja route, gunmen thought to be kidnappers opened fire on two commercial buses and kidnapped a large number of the passengers.

Shedrack Jonathan, one of the bus passengers who managed to flee while being led into the woods, claimed to have boarded the bus at Jabi in Abuja on its way to Enugu, where they encountered the gunmen.

He said the incident happened around 7:33pm after Omoko village, last Thursday, while descending a sloppy part of the road, adding that they started hearing gunshots and the bus suddenly veered off the road into the bush.

He added that some few seconds after, some people emerged from the bush with guns and ordered them to come out from the bus and led them into the bush.

He said he managed to escape after about a kilometer from the highway and he came out at neighbouring Aseni village.

He said, “At Aseni village, some vigilantes saw me and I narrated what happened and they mobilized to the scene.”

A member of the vigilante in the area, who preferred anonymity, confirmed the abduction of passengers from the two buses.

He said the gunmen came from the bush and shot the tyres of the two buses, which forced the drivers to stop.

He said, “Before we mobilized to the scene, the gunmen had escaped with the victims, leaving the buses by the road.

He said the vigilantes were still combing the forest to trail the gunmen and rescue the abducted victims unhurt.

City & Crime reports that the scene of the attack was just some few meters away from a checkpoint, where our reporter learnt police only operated during the day and left around 6pm.

When contacted, the spokesman of the Kogi State Police Command, DSP Williams Ovye Ayah, promised to issue a press release after finding the details of the incident, but did not up till the time of filling this report.

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