The Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Nnamdi Omoni (DSP), has confirmed the kidnap of two Rivers based lawyers by unknown gunmen in the state, saying that the police have intensified efforts to ensure that the lawyers were freed unconditionally.
The victims who are executive members of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) in the state, where kidnapped Sunday evening, around Isiokpo community in Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state, while returning from their National EXCO meeting held in Abuja.
The bus owned by a transportation company which was conveying passengers to Port Harcourt from Abuja, was hijacked at Isiokpo and later released after the two lawyers have been picked. According to the police image maker in the state, “The police are aware of the incident.
All hands are on the deck to ensure that the kidnap victims are released unconditionally. We have deployed units of our men to commence search.” The State Chairman of JUSUN, Rivers Mr. George Sokari, who spoke on the incident called for unconditional release of the two comrades.
Sokari narrated, “Comr. Ibim Opusunju, the Vice Chairman of JUSUN and Comr. Carol Tolofari, the Secretary of the union, were kidnapped on Sunday evening around 5pm on their way coming to Port Harcourt at Isiokpo after they have attended the National Executive meeting of JUSUN in Abuja.
“They left Abuja Sunday morning and they were already in Rivers State around Isiokpo when some persons stopped the vehicle and picked these comrades. “We are yet to get contact from anywhere or any information of their whereabouts. The company that owns the vehicle that they boarded informed us that the comrades were kidnapped.
They confirmed to us that one of their buses was hijacked and later released but that some people were taken away from the bus. “When they went through their manifest which was written before the vehicle left Abuja we discovered that the two of our members were there. The police are aware and they are also doing their best.”
He appealed to the abductors to release the lawyers unconditionally, for the sake of their wailing mothers, wives and children.