Unknown gunmen have kidnapped a naval officer and a rating in the Rumuji axis of Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The officer and the rating, whose name could not be ascertained immediately, were said to be on their way to Sapele in Delta State before they were waylaid and taken away by the unknown gunmen.

According to reports by The PUNCH through a source, the incident occurred at about 4pm on Monday afternoon and they have been taken away by their captors to a yet-to-be identified destination.

An inside navy source, who spoke with The PUNCH confirmed the abduction of the officer and the rating while confirming that the duo’s whereabouts is yet to be ascertained.

The source further explained that a call has since been put across to the naval base of the victims while the search for them continued.

In his words, “I received a call today and was told that a naval officer and a rating were kidnapped. The officer and the rating were on their way to Sapele when they were abducted in Emohua.

Their (officer and rating) command is not in Rivers State. It is in Delta State and I have put a call across to tell them about the development, but no response yet.”