Unknown gunmen at the wee hours of Wednesday reportedly abducted four persons at Okurekpo village in Okpara Inland in Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State, BIGPEN ONLINE has learnt.
Dependable sources told our correspondent that the gun wielding men seized their victims, identified to be three men and a girl when the vehicle they were traveling with broke down along the community road.
It was gathered that the victims simply identified as Ogujove Blessing, Ejiro Solomon, Akpos Thomas and Edijana Okro were on their way to Okpara-waterside when their car had a flat tire along the Okurekpo junction between 11:30 to 12:00 hours.
“The abductees were coming from Okpara inland heading toward Okpara-waterside when the gunmen waylaid them at Okurekpo junction. They stopped at the junction to change a flat tire of the Jetta car they were traveling with.
“The jetty car with registration number No.UGH241EY was left in the scene. It was widely opened with tire, wheel spanner left in the scene. It appears the attackers swooped on them”, a local source said.
It was learnt that the vehicle, a green color jetta and all items seen at the scene have been taken to the Isiokolo police division as the police in the area alongside vigilante group have intensified manhunt for the kidnappers.
Sources said that the vigilante from neighbouring communities of Okpara-Inland, Okpara-Waterside, Kokori and Okurekpo are helping the police in combing the surrounding bushes for the victims and kidnappers.
When contacted, State Commissioner for police, CP Adeyinka Adeleke said he was yet to be briefed by the divisional police officer from the area and promised to revert back but he never did as at press time.