Kidnappings: Police declares state of emergency on East-West Road


The Police in Rivers State has declared a state of emergency on the Rumuji-Ndele-Rumuekpe axis of the East-West Road where gunmen have been killing, maiming and kidnapping innocent civilians unrestrained.

Spokesman of the Rivers State Police Command, Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed this on Sunday. 

Among the series of attacks on innocent civilians on that road, two Shell Nigeria workers were kidnapped and their police escorts killed last week along the Ahoada-Ndele-Rumuji-Emohua axis of the East-West Road, Rivers State.

Both victims of the kidnap were senior staff members of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), and they were returning from an official trip to neighbouring Bayelsa State when the incident happened.

Also last week, a driver with the Abua Odual Local Government Transport Service was shot dead by kidnappers along the Emohua axis of the same East-West Road. All the other passengers in the 30-seater Coaster Bus were also kidnapped.  

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