80 passengers rescued from hijacked luxury bus

                                  80 passengers rescued from hijacked luxury bus
Men of the Dragon Patrol Team of the Delta State Police Command yesterday rescued a luxury bus hijacked by a five-man armed robbery gang. In the bus were over 80 passengers from Lagos State, travelling for Christmas to the South-East. The hoodlums, it was gathered, disguised as passengers, boarded the bus from Lagos before hijacking the bus at gunpoint on Benin-Asaba Expressway.

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Celestina Kalu, who confirmed the incident at the state command headquarters in Asaba yesterday, said on sighting the police, the robbers jumped down from the bus and escaped into the bush. She said: “Our men sighted the bus on Ibusa/Ogwashi-Uku Road entering into a lonely track road. The team suspected the movement and traced the vehicle. The hoodlums sighted the police and jumped down from the bus and escaped into the bush.

“The driver of the vehicle and the passengers were rescued and taken to Ibusa Police Station where they revealed that five armed men unknowingly boarded the bus as passengers from Lagos. “On getting to Umunede, a neighbouring town to Agbor in Delta State, took over the bus and started robbing the passengers. The interception of the police aborted their other intended heinous act.”

Kalu also said the police recovered firearms from hoodlums operating in a tricycle on Warri-Sapele Road. According to her, the patrol men chased the hoodlums who abandoned the tricycle and fled. She said: “The policemen searched the tricycle and recovered one locally-made single barrelled gun. “Meanwhile, efforts are on to apprehend the fleeing hoodlums.”

The PPRO also said that operatives of Special Anti- Kidnapping Squad, Obiaruku Annex, while on surveillance patrol within Obiaruku area suspected and arrested a 23-year-old boy, Chukwumun Okolo, Okoroma Friday 22) and Ejimaru Lucky (21) with a bag. She said: “When the bag was searched, one locallymade cut-to-size pistol, two live cartridges and a knife were recovered.”

Source: New Telegraph

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