By Jimitota Onoyume
Unknown gunmen yesterday abducted Mrs Yoummor Oyerede in Ahoada area of Rivers state.
Neighborhood sources who confirmed the development to the Vanguard said the gunmen first stabbed the husband of the hostage before disappearing with her.
At press time, president of Niger Delta For Positive Attitude Change and Progress, Mr Emma Enisuon who condemned the ugly incident appealed for her unconditional release.
Meantime, the Rivers state Police Command has advised residents to be very vigilant, noting that some commercial vehicles driven by robbers divert their passengers to points where they force them to make withdrawals with their ATM cards.
According to the state Police spokesman, DSP Ahmad Muhammad, sometimes these robbers keep their victims hostage for several days until they exhaust their accounts with the ATM cards.
While urging residents not to move about with their ATM cards at all times the Police spokesman also advised commuters to avoid commercial taxis with two or three males at night, stressing that they could be robbers.
“The Rivers State Police Command wishes to inform the general public of the new technique employed by criminals to access their victim’s bank account. The unsuspecting victim is usually abducted, be forced to reveal his ATM PIN number and kept hostage while same ATM card is used by criminals to withdraw money from his account. Such victim regains freedom only after his bank account has been exhausted. Public transport commuters mostly fall victim of this new method.