According to security sources, the incident occurred earlier in the week when gun-wielding scoundrels waylaid the 14-seater bus and forced all occupants into a nearby bush from where they were carted to an unknown destination.
It is understood that the hoodlums soon contacted the families of the victims, demanding N1m ransom for each for the passengers, but later dropped the amount to N100,000.
“The gunmen have reduced the ransom to N100,000 for each of the passengers,” a source said on condition of anonymity.
“The 14-seater bus was travelling to Port Harcourt when the men waylaid it and kidnapped all occupants, including the driver.”
The Commissioner of Police in Delta State, Mr. Zanna Ibrahim, confirmed the incident but explained that there was little he could do as it happened at Rumoji in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, and not in his domain (Delta State).
“The incident actually happened in Rumoji in Port Harcourt and not in Delta State.
“The passengers were travelling from Delta State to Port Harcourt, in Rivers State. They were kidnapped in Rumoji in Rivers State,” he added.
The Rivers State Police Command has yet to make a statement on the incident.