Five unidentified gunmen who came in a blue Audi car have reportedly abducted the Cross River Commissioner for Water Resources, Mr. Gabriel Odu-Orji.
According to reports, the Commissioner had stepped down from his car to enter a restaurant at Effionawan street in Mayne Avenue area of Calabar South when he was kidnapped.
Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria, an eyewitness Mr. James Ibri said the gunmen ordered the Commissioner into his Prado Jeep and drove away with him leaving behind the Audi car they came in.
“At around 12 pm today, I was in front of one restaurant waiting for a friend when the Commissioner for Water Resources stepped down and was approaching the restaurant.
“Before he could get into the restaurant, some well-armed men numbering about five came in a blue Audi, parked their car by the road side and ordered the Commissioner into his car and drove away.
“Those guys were kidnappers because they wore mask to hide their faces,’’ he said.
The incident was also confirmed by the State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Irene Ugbo.
“We have received a complaint about the abduction of the Commissioner for Water Resources. He was kidnapped and taken away in his Prado Jeep today.
“We have deployed our men from the command and those from the intelligence department to all routes in the state with a view to release him.
“As we speak, all check points are thoroughly manned by our men to ensure that he is released safely,’’ the state PPRO said.
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