No fewer than three travellers who were abducted by kidnappers along the Obiri-Kwere-Airport Road near Port Harcourt in Rivers State have been freed.
The travellers were reported to have been kidnapped around 4 pm on Tuesday when their kidnappers intercepted some vehicles, pulled out some of the commuters, and took them to an unknown place.
The travellers gained their freedom more than 24 hours after their abduction. The Rivers State Police Command stated that tactical team commanders and divisional police officers were asked to mount within the scene for adequate security measures.
Grace Iringe-Koko, the spokesperson of the command, on Friday, confirmed the release of the victims to PUNCH and said they had reunited with their respective families.
She said that the kidnappers released the victims due to the pressure that came with the massive number of police officers deployed to the area.
“The Commissioner of Police, Rivers State Command, Olatunji Disu, had a meeting with area commanders and divisional police officers within the area of jurisdiction with tactical team commanders and instructed them of adequate security measures in place to ensure that those abducted on January 2, 2024, along Aluu-Igwuruta Road, regained their freedom.
“Based on the pressure and massive deployment of police presence, the victims were released and reunited with their family members,” the PPRO stated.