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Gunmen kidnap four in Calabar

Kidnappers have abducted four persons in the last six days in Calabar, Cross River State.

One of them is a lecturer at the Cross River University of Technology, Dr Anthony Egbe.

Egbe was abducted on August 29, 2020 at Asabanka in Akpabuyo.

Another victim was Mr Effiom Asuquo, who was kidnapped on September 1.

A yet-to-be-identified pastor on Atu Street was also whisked away to an unknown location, while another woman, identified as Promise Edet, was kidnapped by the gunmen.

Edet was abducted from her house on Thursday, September 3, 2020 on Ibesikpo Street, Calabar South, around 6am.

The incident was reported at the Mbukpa Police Station, as the DSS and other security agencies were reportedly informed.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Irene Ugbo, said the lecturer had been released.

She said, “Dr Egbe, a lecturer attached to CRUTECH who was kidnapped on Saturday, August 29, 2020, at Asabanka Akpabuyo, was released after we raided the area. One suspect who masterminded the kidnap was arrested.”

It was gathered that a safety department worker with UNICEM, Mr Joe Offiong, who was abducted last month, had also been released after alleged payment of ransom to the abductors.

But a paediatrician at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Dr Vivien Otu, who was kidnapped last Friday, has yet to regain her freedom.

Meanwhile, the police command has arrested 10 suspected kidnappers and other criminals in the last five days.

According to the state Commissioner of Police, Abdulkadir Jimoh, among those arrested on the waterways by policemen attached to the Marine division, Mfum, Etung LGA, were Cameroonians.

“They kidnapped 11 Cameroonians/Nigerians to their forest in Cameroon before they were apprehended,” he added.

The suspects were identified as Egbe Horatus, Enow Takang, Nkwa Boris, Agbor Ntui and Enoh Livingstone.

The police said three locally-made guns and five live cartridges were recovered from the suspects.

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