A commercial bus belonging to the Akwa Ibom Transport Company (AKTC) heading to Lagos from Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital was hijacked in Isiala Mbano, Imo State by unknown gunmen who also kidnapped the passengers on board the vehicle.
Reports gathered that the incident which happened at Odo Rubber road in Obiohuru in the Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of the state had caused tension in the area.
The passengers were traveling in a bus marked Government Akwa Ibom State when the gunmen struck, took them away leaving behind the vehicle and luggage.
A community source who spoke to Punch Newspapers told the correspondent that “no one knows where the passengers were taken to. The bus was still steaming when the villagers saw it on Tuesday at that lonely area called Odo Rubber. Phones and luggage of the passengers were intact.”
Our correspondent gathered that the vehicle had been pushed out of the lonely road and handed over to the police.
The President-General of the community, Dr. Sharon Ohaka, who spoke to our correspondent on the phone on Wednesday, said the bus had been pushed out of the lonely road by the youths. He also disclosed that the community had invited the police.
The spokesperson for the Imo State Police Command, Micheal Abattam, had yet to respond to a text message sent to him by our correspondent as of the time of filing this report.