Public Transport Owners of Nigeria Association (PTONA) has described the alleged kidnap of Igbo persons travelling with GUO, Ezenwata and Young Shall Grow luxurious buses as fake news and conjecture which is capable of worsening peace and tranquility situation of Nigeria.
A statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the Association, Mr Paul Okoghenun, said that none of the luxurious buses belonging to their members- GUO, Ezenwata and The Young Shall Grow Motors- have been hijacked by bandits, whether at Kogi or anywhere else in Nigeria. Therefore, no traveller has experienced kidnapping in the said buses.
He said that the social media post concerning the alleged hijack and kidnap emanated from unscrupulous elements who are out to promote crisis where none exists.
He, therefore, called on the members of the public to disregard the post and go about their normal businesses. He said their customers should be rest assured that they , working with security personnel, are always out to protect their interest. Therefore, they should not panic or be discouraged to patronise their services, even as they are working assiduously to put protective measures to safeguard their lives and property, while traveling with them.
Last week, a social media post circulated the fake news, alleging that some persons from eastern part of Nigeria in particular and southern Nigeria in general who travelled with the said companies had been kidnapped by bandits at Lokoja, Kogi state, on their way from Anambra state to Sokoto state.The post further alleged that the bandits separated and freed northerners who were in the same luxurious buses, but took away the Igbo travellers to unknown destination.
Okoghenun reiterating that the news is fake, asked all to disregard it