The Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Police, Cross River State Command, DSP Irene Ugbo has affirmed the kidnap of a University of Calabar lecturer and two others by some yet to be identified gunmen.
Top Gist Portal understands that the state has within a previous couple of months recorded alarming cases of kidnapping.
According to reports, one Dr. Anthony Egbe who is a staff of the University of Calabar in Cross River State was on Saturday, August 29, 2020, abducted by unidentified gunmen at Etak Ukana in Akpabuyo local government Area of the state.
Following Egbe’s abduction, reports emerged also that one Mr. Effiom Edem Asuquo was kidnapped at Akwa Ikot Effanga, within the same LGA on September 1. it had been reported that Asuquo was swindled away to an unknown location by the abductors within the late hour of Tuesday (yesterday).
It was reported that the clergy was kidnapped at Atu Street, Calabar South local government area of the State.
Speaking on the event, Ugbo who lamented over the rising cases of kidnap within the state said the command was conscious of the kidnap cases in Akpabuyo.
The PPRO said, “We are conscious of the recent kidnapping within the state, the Commissioner of Police is extremely sad about it because, before these recent ones, the state has been quiet and calm since he came a month now and wondered the increment,”
According to her, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Abdulkadir Jimoh on Wednesday, September 2 had a gathering with all the senior officers within the Command and had been having series of meetings to make sure that strategies are put in situ to curb the kidnapping issues
“Of course, you know that the year is coming to an end and the ‘ember’ month has come and the hoodlums would want to use the chance due to the festive period to launch an attack but do not worry, we’ve put strategies in situ and that we have gotten some vital information, which we are performing on. I’m very hopeful that the abductors are going to be arrested and the victims rescued.”