By CHARITY Uwakwe, Abia
Mr Kingsley Mgbeahuru, the General Manager, AbiaLine Transport Network Limited, Umuahia, has disclosed that the company did not incure any loss or casualty consequent on the kidnap incident, saying that the personal belongings of the victims were secured at the company’s Lagos office and were released to them immediately after they regained their freedom.
Speaking during a telephone interview with Tuesday Horn, Mgbeahuru, a two-time Abia State House of Assembly member, revealed that the company’s Sienna car subsequently conveyed the victims who were abducted off Lagos – Ore Expressway at Ogbere, Ogun state.
Hon. Mgbeahuru described the release of the vehicle and three other passengers of the ill-fated car as divine providence, saying that the briefing he gathered as soon as the incident occurred was that suspected kidnappers bumped on the Lagos Sienna in a blitzing move and ordered five passengers to disembark forthwith.
This, he added, happened after their (suspects) failed attempt to catch up with a vehicle they were chasing.
He believed that the quick intervention of the company, which promptly reported incident to the police after the victims luggage were properly secured at its Lagos office may have saved the victims from likely annihilation.
Mgbeahuru, however, was full of praises to the Almighty God for releasing the driver, and three other passengers that included a pregnant lady, an elderly woman and a little girl, noting “even though we, the management of the company were very disturbed throughout the period over the safety of the five passengers taken away the suspects”.
“His words: “it was only on Saturday when the news came that all the passengers were released that we became happy again and elated”, he said, as he thanked the Nigeria police for their quick response to the report, pointing out the coordinated operation propelled by police surveillance helicopter rescued the victims.
Recall that five passengers in a Lagos bound Sienna belonging to the AbiaLine Network company was last Thursday, August 1, waylaid by people suspected to be Fulani Herdsmen and five passengers whisked away by the hoodlums.
The victims were: Chiemela Iroha, son of a popular comedian in the now rested soap opera, the New Masquerade, Mr James Iroha, Chidozie Eluwa, Okoro Ohuwukwe, Ndubuisi Owuabueze and Ibeleji Chidinma.
However, our correspondent gathered that all the kidnapped victims have been rescued and have now united with their families after a three day ordeal in the forest and the creek.