He said, “A Bayelsa bound Peace Mass Transit bus conveying fifteen passengers was intercepted along Owerri-Port Harcourt Expressway close to the boundary between Imo State and River State .”
“The Police were alerted and the DPO of Ohaji Police Station promptly mobilised his operatives into Umuapu forest for the rescue operation and in the course of combing the forest the hoodlums were sighted and a fierce gun duel ensued.”
“After which all the fifteen travellers abducted were rescued unhurt. It is suspected that some of the hoodlums escaped with bullet wounds as the ground was littered with blood stains.”
The police spokesperson said that patrols had been intensified along the expressway to make sure that incidents of kidnapping of travellers did not reoccur.