One of the foremost transportation companies, GUO transport has confirmed that bandits targeted and attacked one of its buses from Lagos to Abuja on Friday and abducted all passengers on board.
The company revealed the bus to be its Hiace brand which the driver was shot and killed.
In a statement which was issued by the Company and made available to journalists, it explained that bandits struck at about 3 pm and took the passengers to an unknown destination while a three-year-old girl was later rescued at the scene.
“The unfortunate incident occurred at about 3:15PM on Friday, February 9, 2024, along Ikare-Akoko axis of the Akure expressway.
“The kidnappers ambushed and attacked oncoming vehicles, and amongst which was one of Hiace buses from Lagos with passengers onboard.
“This event led to the death of our driver at the crime scene while our passengers are believed to have been held hostage and led into the bush. A child of about three years old was rescued from the scene and handed over to the military personnel on ground while the family have been contacted.”
The company appealed to the government and security agencies to intensify efforts at making the highways safe again, even as it assured that it is cooperating with the relevant security agencies towards finding a solution to the hostage situation.
“Our prayers are with those directly or indirectly affected by this unfortunate incident. While we empathize with the family of our slain driver and families of our kidnapped passengers, we are cooperating with security agencies to ensure a quick and safe release or rescue of our passengers.
“We appreciate the payers, advice, understanding and support of the security agencies, our staff, our passengers, and the public at this critical moment.“
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