Gunmen abduct three corps members in Rivers

By The Citizen

THREE corps members were in the early hours of Saturday kidnapped by gunmen in Ogonokom Community Secondary School, Abua/Odua Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The corps members (two males and one female) were taken away by their abductors from the Corpers' Lodge around 12am.

It was gathered that the hoodlums had gained entrance into their lodge while they (corps members) were fast asleep and seized their victims.

The abducted corps members were identified as Ogochi Martins, Chijioke Richard and Esther Nwachukwu.

Some items, including mobile phones were said to have been taken away by the suspected kidnappers, who came with a vehicle.

It was gathered that indigenes of the Ogonokom community were shocked when they learnt about the kidnap of the corps members, even as sources revealed that such incident had never occurred in the area.

SUNDAY PUNCH learnt that corps members had since been relocated to a neighbouring community where their lives and property would be safe.

A source at the National Youth Service Corps in the state told our correspondent that no contact had been established with the organisation on the whereabouts of the abducted corps members.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Angela Agabe, who confirmed the incident to SUNDAY PUNCH, said three armed men had invaded the lodge in Ogonokom community.

Agabe said the corps members were taken to an unknown destination, adding that police had begun investigation into the matter with a view to rescuing the corps members and apprehending their abductors.

'Three armed men stormed the Corpers' Lodge in Ogolocom community and kidnapped three corps members. We have since started investigation. We are already on top of the situation,' she stated.

She said Osama, Ogolokom and Ogolom corps members lodge had been closed following the incident, adding that corps members had been moved to Ominima Central Corpers' Lodge for safety.