Seven kidnap victims rescued by the navy in Rivers state

seven kidnap victims rescued by the navy in rivers state
seven kidnap victims rescued by the navy in rivers state

The Nigerian Navy has rescued seven kidnapping victims taken around the waterways of Rivers and Bayelsa.

The commander of the NNS Pathfinder base in Port Harcourt, Commodore Suleiman Ibrahim, told reporters on May 24 that Victor Padi was responsible for the kidnapping of the victims.

Ibrahim stated, detailing how the victims were saved;

“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.”

The base commander also reported that Nigerian Navy soldiers deactivated the two camps of the abduction’s mastermind and that operations are in high gear to apprehend him.

Ibrahim 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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