Tuesday, August 16, 2016 9:11 am
By Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
Rivers Police Command has warned members of the public, especially motorists that kidnappers have now evolved new method of wearing Army Camouflage Uniforms and the use of Hilux Vehicles in perpetrating their criminal act by claiming to be Military men on official assignment.
The command disclosed this in a statement signed by Omoni Nnamdi, the spokesman of the Command while announcing the rescue of 14 passengers taken into hostage by kidnappers in army camouflage and driving hilux vans.
” In view of this, the public is hereby warned to seek clearance and confirmation from the Police Control Room, before following any officer who claims to have come to arrest him/her. It has been discovered that such arrest eventually turns out to be abduction.”
The Police command gave out its numbers are as follows:08032003514,0809888013
08160723892 , 08150899576 and 08150899582
The command disclosed that “On the 12th of August, 2016, fourteen (14) passengers were abducted while traveling from Omoku to Port Harcourt in a Bus.
“In a swift reaction by the Command’s Tactical Units, the Bus was seen and after a diligent operation by the Command, the hostages were released unhurt. They have been debriefed and have reunited with their families. However, no ransom was paid.
3. The Commissioner of Police, CP Francis Mobolaji Odesanya, wishes to assure the people of the State that the command is on top of our game, as it will continue to wage the war against all manners of crime and criminality in the State.
He urged the public to continue to have confidence in the Police, and volunteer information timely, as the Command is poised to making the State safe again.