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Nigerian Navy rescues seven victims from kidnappers hideout in Rivers state

By Suoyo Ekubo 

Nigerian Navy says it has rescued seven victims who were abducted on May 10 by kidnappers  along Rivers/Bayelsa State waterways.

The Base Commander NNS Pathfinder in Port Harcourt, Commodore Suleiman Ibrahim told newsmen on Tuesday that the abduction of the victims was masterminded by one Victor Padei.

On account of how the victims were rescued, Ibrahim said, “On the 10th of May 2022, we had an ugly incident of kidnapping where some passengers who were on a commercial boat from Bonny to Port Harcourt were intercepted by pirates and were taken captive to an unknown location. As soon as the information got across to us we mobilised and started tracking to identify who actually committed this crime.

“After a series of investigations, it was discovered that one Victor Padi was the mastermind of the criminal act. From there, we moved and stormed his camp but unfortunately by the time we got to the camp he had reallocated his victims. After several collaborations with other partners, we discovered that he had reallocated to a location in Bayelsa State.

“We immediately mobilized from Rivers state and collaborated with our base in Bayelsa and stormed the camp where he reallocated the victims. He further moved them because he understands the terrain very well.

“When we got to the second location we mounted pressure on him and an ultimatum was given to his collaborators and as God would have it on the 21st of midnight May, 2022, the victims were rescued unharmed.”

He said troops of the Nigerian Navy deactivated the two camps of the mastermind of the abduction saying that efforts are on top gear to arrest him.

The Base Commander who disclosed that the rescued victims will be handed over to their families after a thorough medical examination to ascertain their state of health, assured residents of Rivers State who transit through the waterways of their safety, adding that the Nigerian Navy will continue to police the waterways to enable residents to go about their legitimate businesses.

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