Some gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen have reportedly kidnapped a pregnant woman with about 10 travellers by the Development Union Roundabout in Oleh, headquarters of the Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State.
It was learnt that the gunmen blocked the road around 7pm on Sunday and stopped a Sienna car with nine passengers and two other vehicles at gunpoint, while they led them into the bush.
One of the victims, who is a commercial driver, told SaharaReporters how he narrowly escaped from the kidnappers, noting that the herdsmen attacked the travellers in their large numbers.
“I normally drive from Ozoro to Warri, I was coming from Warri around 7pm on Sunday when some gunmen shot at my Sienna and stopped us. Then they led me and other passengers into the bush.
“While we were going, I decided to take my chance, I sneaked and hid under the bushes, nobody saw me until I crawled to the road and drove off.
“Only one woman was able to escape with me, though the woman’s pregnant daughter-in-law was still there with the gang.
“My Sienna car with nine passengers was the third vehicle they attacked; two vehicles were already packed before mine,” he added.
Speaking with SaharaReporters, the Delta State Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, who said that 11 persons were abducted, noted that they were promptly rescued by operatives of the command.
The spokesman stated that “It was a Sienna car that was attacked and about eleven persons were kidnapped. Luckily, information got to the police on time. Police, vigilantes and hunters entered the bush. I saw a video of one of the victims’ testimony who said when the kidnappers saw that the police were seriously after them they left them in the bush and ran away. Eleven of them were rescued.”