By Citizens Platform
One person was left dead, as four Thai nationals were kidnapped by unidentified gunmen on Friday morning in Buguma, the headquarters of Asari-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State, on their way to work at the Israeli-run fish farm, Omida Farms.
Speaking to journalists at the weekend, the state Commissioner for Agriculture, Emmanuel Chindah, disclosed that initially, six employees of the fish farm were kidnapped by the hoodlums, two being Nigerians.
Midway, the kidnappers decided to release the two Nigerian workers but one of them, in an attempt to escape, jumped into the water and drowned.
Chindah lamented the situation and blamed it on the laxity of security in the state.
According to him, “The hoodlums took six of the workers, including two Nigerians; but they decided to drop the two Nigerians among their victims, probably in a bid to prevent being easily traced. Unfortunately, one of them (Nigerians) tried to escape, jumped into the water and drowned. The other one managed to swim to safety.”
He said the matter had been reported to the police, but noted the breakdown of security in the area and the entire state, saying: “We have reported the matter to the police, but what must be emphasised is that these hoodlums feel emboldened to do this because they believe the police are now their friends. You will remember when so-called militants protested on the streets of Port Harcourt in support of Mbu.
“Now they have the idea that they have the police on their side and that they can resume crimes without consequences. Buguma had been calm before now, you can see that the situation is gradually degenerating into something sad.”
He added that the kidnappers had not contacted anyone since the incident occurred.
The Rivers Police Command on Friday confirmed the abduction of four expatriates and two Nigerians in Buguma, Asari-Toru Local Government Area of the state.
Its spokesman, Angela Agabe, told the press that the police received the report of the incident in Buguma but details were sketchy.
Source: Citizens Platform
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