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Abducted Maritime Workers, 3 Others Regain Freedom In Rivers State

After over a month in captivity, the victims were released in Rivers State, South-south Nigeria.

Eight persons, five of which are workers of Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) who were kidnapped by an armed gang in Rivers state, South-south Nigeria on Monday, June 19, 2021, regained their freedom on Saturday, July 24, 2021.

Bashir Jamoh, the Director-General of  the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), in a phone conversation with Adewale Adeyanju, the President-General of MWUN, at about 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, announced their freedom.

According to a Premium Times report, Edward Osagie, Assistant Director, Public Relations  of NIMASA disclosed this in a statement he issued late Saturday. 

“The release of the abductees was credited to the timely intervention of the  Director-General of NIMASA, Bashir Jamoh, and other stakeholders,”  Osagie said.

The abductees were ambushed and  kidnapped around Kula-Abonnema waterway while traveling to Port Harcourt from Kula area in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area on that  Monday evening.

According to the statement by Osagie,“The abductees are believed to be in good physical condition and the MWUN President-General is expected to provide a detailed report on the circumstances surrounding the abduction early next week.”

While the North-east and North-West regions of the country remain hotbeds of kidnapping and community attacks in the country, South-south and South-east regions of the country face a peculiar security challenge of targeted attacks on leaders and against security formations, mostly attributed to the Eastern Security Network, a militant wing of the separatist group Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

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