Daredevil pirates on Monday kidnapped eight travellers in Rivers State, five among them were members of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN)
The incident happened at Abonnema area of Akuku-Toru Local Government Area, Rivers State.
It was learnt that the eight persons were travelling to Port Harcourt from Kula area in Akuku-Toru LGA, before the gunmen struck at Kula-Abonnema waterway, Monday.
When our correspondent put calls across to the President General of MWUN, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju on Tuesday to confirm the development, his phones were not picked up.
However, confirming the development, the state chairman, MWUN, Jonah Jumbo revealed that, among the eight kidnapped persons, five are members of the maritime union in Kula, Akuku-Toru local government area of the state.
Jumbo, who said the victims were travelling to Port Harcourt for a meeting appealed to the abductors to release the victims unconditionally.
He said, “The Kula unit and Abomema unit (of maritime workers union) were asked to come for a meeting in the state office here in Port Harcourt, on Monday morning.
“On their way from Kula, we got a complaint (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.”