On Sunday 21st February, the Rivers State Police Command released a press statement warning residents against boarding roadside vehicles to avoid being kidnapped or molested.
It read thus:
It has come to the notice of the Rivers State Police Command that some criminal minded people have now resorted to disguising as commercial motorists thereby deceiving unsuspecting commuters. They more often than not take passengers along the roads instead of designated and approved motor parks with such passengers apparently end up being kidnapped.
Consequently, commuters using public transport especially those in the habit of boarding vehicle along the roads are hereby advised to be self security conscious and forthwith desist from such dangerous attitude as boarding vehicle inside designated motor parks is believed to more secured.
Members of the public are to note that their personal safety and security starts with them. Should they suspect something, the following police distress lines can be useful, 08032003514, 08028915460, 08028915462 and 08160723892, please.