By Charles Nwabardi.
Armed men have abducted not less than eight persons travelling to Port Harcourt in a passenger boat along the Kula-Abonrma waterway in Rivers State.
The passengers were abducted by gunmen suspected to be pirates Monday morning, according to the Rivers Chairman of Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) Jonah Jumbo.
The Chairman said out of the eight kidnapped persons, five were members of the maritime union in Kula, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area heading to Port Harcourt for a meeting.
He appealed to the abductors to release them unconditionally and called on the State Government and security agencies to intervene immediately.
He said: “The Kula unit and Abomema unit (of martime workers union) were invited to come for a meeting in the state office here in Port Harcourt, this morning (Monday). On their way from Kula, we got the report that the officials who were coming for the meeting were kidnapped.
“All the passengers were kidnapped, including three others in the boat. Up till now, nobody has heard anything from the kidnappers. So, we are appealing to the general public, the government and security agencies to really help us and see how they can reach the kidnappers,” he said.
When contacted, the spokesman of the Rivers Police Command, Nnamdi Omoni said he was yet to get the report on the incident.