The evening of Wednesday 7 October 2020, was attacked by unknown gunmen in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State were several travellers were kidnapped around the Agbarho axis of the busy Warri/Ughelli highway.
There is a report of kidnapping along the Ughelli–Warri road (East-West road), between Ekreravwen Junction and Urhobo House in Agbarho.
It was gathered that the incident took place at about 6 pm, one of the survivors known as “Biggy” said he was on his way to Warri, from Ughelli when some gunmen suddenly emerged from the bush and opened fire on them
At least six vehicles, including red Mercedes Benz GLK, a commercial bus belonging to Agofure Motors, were said to have been involved in the attack. No fewer than 15 persons were forcefully dragged out of their vehicles at gunpoint and abducted.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Onome Onovwakpoyeya, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, confirmed the incident but said the number of abducted persons was unknown.
She said, “The Police cannot ascertain for now the number of persons that were kidnapped. I can confirm that several persons were kidnapped but we do not know the number for now. Right from the moment, we got the information our men have been in the bush.
“The kidnappers were repelled by men of Dragon Patrol Team that were on the highway, otherwise it would have been worse than what it is.
“For now, we are not sure if there are casualties. I understand that a wounded person was rescued. He was a tricycle rider. So, we cannot know if someone was killed, but at least an injured person was rescued with bullet wounds.”
It was learnt that the area is known for notorious criminal activities as many victims had been kidnapped on that same spot in the past.
In September 2019, several travellers were also abducted in the area leading to the killing of a police inspector.