God Is Good Motors’ passengers kidnapped, some released after ransom payment

Family members of some of the passengers who were kidnapped after boarding a bus belonging to God Is Good Transport on Saturday narrated how they secured their release.

The family members who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES over the phone said the transport company was yet to contact them more than a week after the incident despite the passengers filling out the phone numbers of their next-of-kins in the manifest.

Inter-state road travellers in Nigeria are required to fill out a passengers’ manifest stating their phone numbers and that of their next-of-kin before the beginning of a journey.

The manifest is submitted to the transport company and is used to reach out to the passengers’ relatives in cases of emergency.

“How the incident happened is miraculous and God Is Good (Motors) have not gotten in contact with us,” a family member of one of the kidnapped passengers told PREMIUM TIMES.

“How can a company involved in this sort of incident not reach out or make efforts to empathise with the affected families?”

Kidnap at Ore

A copy of the passengers’ manifest obtained by PREMIUM TIMES showed that 13 passengers – eight males and five females – boarded the bus, a Toyota Hiace, with registration number AYB 30 XP on September 13 at the Enugu terminal of the God Is Good Motors.

The final destination of the vehicle, which departed the Enugu terminal at 7 a.m., was Jibowu, Lagos.

However, on getting to Ore in Ondo State at around noon, they were intercepted by armed gunmen and taken to an unknown destination.

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