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Sunday, 17 March 2013 19:06 From Chido Okafor, Warri News - Metro

THE suspicious abduction of six Lagos-bound passengers riding in a Greener Line bus service near Ovia in Edo State last month is generating immense tension, as the families of victims and management of the bus service have been exchanging words over whether the driver of the bus aided the kidnapping incident or not.

The six passengers were abducted at about 8:45 am before Okada town by gunmen who forced the bus to stop and later released the passengers after ransoms were paid.

The driver of the vehicle was allegedly allowed to go with another passenger while the others were seized by the gunmen and marched into the bush. The development made the victims smell a rat in the kidnap incident accusing the driver of connivance.

But the managing director of Greener Line, Elder Alex Ohunyon, who spoke with reporters in Warri, absolved the transport firm and its driver of any connivance in the kidnap incident

Ohunyon said: “In the North, South and West the country is embroiled in insecurity. There is so much of robbery kidnapping and terrorist attacks.

“One of our buses loaded from Warri on February 27, 2013 headed to Lagos and was attacked by criminals. The passengers were made to lie down after which they were marched into the bush by the criminals.”

“After a while the driver discovered they were no longer around and drove the vehicle away and called the office to report the attack”.

He said the matter was promptly reported to the police and efforts made to secure the release of the passengers.

Ohunyon said the company wrote to the six families whose persons were kidnapped to register their concern and empathized with them for going through such trauma. He added that the transport firm was now being blackmailed that its drivers connive with kidnappers, which he said was untrue.

The families of the victims had protested alleging that the driver drove so slowly and may have conspired with the criminals.
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