Four NEMA Staff Abducted …Police Nab 4 Cultists

Four senior staff of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) were kidnapped by unknown gunmen, while another was shot Tuesday evening in Rivers State.

The incident took place in Abua-Odual Local Government Area (LGA), while the officers were on official duties.

The officers were in Rivers to conduct an enumeration exercise to determine the number of farmers who were either affected by flood or conflicts to benefit from the National Emergency Agricultural Intervention Fund.

The fund which is under the National Food Security Program of the Federal Government is to cover 18 states of the federation.

Those abducted include a woman and three men who had successfully completed the enumeration exercise in some parts of Rivers State.

Security sources confided in PRNigeria that the officers were returning from the assignment when the unexpected incident occurred.

“I can authoritatively tell you that four emergency workers with NEMA are presently in captivity. They were kidnapped at Abua Odua near Ahoada in Rivers State yesterday in evening after an undertaken official assignment,” the source said.

“However, one of the NEMA staff who was shot in the leg escaped being kidnapped alongside his colleagues, after he pretended to be dead. He has been admitted at an undisclosed health centre for medical attention.

“The abducted officers travelled in a NEMA Hilux van, which was not in good condition and even broke down several times on their way. It was a personal car of one of the NEMA staffs that came to their rescue to continue the journey before the incident.

“They were neither paid the travelling allowances nor provided with adequate security or accommodation before they were mandated by NEMA management in Abuja to travel on that emergency assignment.

“But thank God, they have friends and relations in the states they were deployed to. So, they temporarily stayed and lodge themselves with their relations and friends.” He said.

Rivers state police spokesperson, Omoni Nnamdi said he was yet to be officially briefed on the incident.

 Meanwhile, Rivers State Police Command on Monday said it arrested four suspected cult members.

 , said to have been terrorising residents of Rumuolumeni area in the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area,   during a sting operation by men attached to the Rumuolumeni Police Station.

Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, said one revolver pistol and three live

ammunition were recovered from the suspects adding  that the suspects were behind the cult wars that had claimed many lives in the area.

He identified the suspects as Godstime Wamaru (20), an indigene of Ogbakiri, in the Emohua LGA of Rivers State; Miracle Ogbonna (22), from Abia State; Raymond Mamode (21), from Edo State; and Gift Douglas (20), from Andoni, Rivers State.

“In a bid to stem the tide of the rising cult activities in the state, operatives of the Rumuolumeni Police Station on April 18 around 9pm arrested these cult members.They are said to be the brains behind the incessant cult wars in the area; they have made useful statements,” the police spokesman said.

Omoni explained that efforts were on to arrest other members of the gang, adding that those arrested would be charged to court at the end of investigation.

He warned that the war against armed banditry was on and cautioned kidnappers, cultists and armed robbers to stay away from the state.

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