Gunmen abduct Two FRSC personnel along Enugu-Abakiliki highway

 Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), in Ebonyi State, has confirmed the abduction of two of its personnel by gunmen along the Abakaliki-Enugu federal highway.

The Sector Commander of the FRSC in Ebonyi, Henry Igwe, told newsmen on Tuesday in Abakaliki that both personnel were abducted on March 8 after they closed from work at the corps’ Nkalagu office and were abducted as they returned to Enugu.

“Contacts were made and it was established by their families that they never got home.

“The families said that some people contacted them that they were kidnappers and were demanding ransom.

“The negotiations are between the families and kidnappers and as an organisation, we have been doing the much we can,” he said.

The sector commander said his office has informed its headquarters of the development and also formally reported to relevant security agencies.

“This is the much I know of the situation and we are optimistic that they would be released by whoever is holding them.

“The situation is very unfortunate and the insecurity in the country has made everyone vulnerable.Our vulnerability is higher because we find ourselves on the road always, exposed to these sort of dangers,” he said.

He noted that it has not been established that the personnel were either alive or dead but the fact remained that they have not been seen.

“The core security agencies said that efforts to find the personnel are still being made and they were not among those that were released.

“Not much has been heard positively from their families and though the situation is still scary, we pray that luck will shine on us and them.”

Mr Jude Okpor, Ebonyi Commissioner for Information and Orientation, dismissed the insinuation that the state government was nonchalant on the situation.

“The state government has surmounted several security challenges in the state and is resolutely protecting the lives and properties of its citizens.

“The matter has inter-state connectivity and the government has initiated measures with its affected sister-state, to nip it in the bud,” he said.

DSP Joshua Ukandu, the Police Public Relations Officer in Ebonyi State, urged families of victims to report such incidents to the command to enable it establish whether the incident happened at the Ebonyi axis of the road.

“The situation is more of an Enugu issue and information on it should be sought from the Enugu command of the force.

“I believe some steps are being taken to combat it but our safer highway teams stationed at the affected axis always assist commuters to cross safely from the area,” he said.

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