Gunmen abduct Reps aspirant

Nigerian Police on patrol
Nigerian Police on patrol

A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) aspirant for the Abi/Yakkur Federal constituency, Jerome Egbe, has been abducted by gunmen in Calabar.

An eyewitness, Cyprian Ido, said that the incident occurred on Thursday at about 11 a.m. at a Mechanic workshop in Asari Iso Layout, Calabar.

Mr Ido said the victim was abducted at gun point by fierce looking gunmen who drove in black hilux.

He said he was brutalised by the abductors when he tried to fight back.

Confirming the incident, the police spokesperson, Irene Ugbo, said the police have swung into action to ensure his release.

Responding to a text message from our reporter, the police spokesperson said “Confirmed. We are working on his release”.

Mr Egbe is an engineer and the secretary general of the Society of Civil Engineers is a Lecturer in the department of Civil Engineering, Cross River University of Technology. He is also a former president of the National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS).

A family source who pleaded not to be mentioned said they have not been able to get across to him.

“Till now, we have not been able to get across to him or his abductors. No contact yet; they have not demanded any ransom.

“The circumstances generally is shocking and confusing. We’re strongly suspecting that his abduction is politically motivated because he was billed to travel today to Abuja to pick his Reps form. Maybe, somebody is scared of facing him in the PDP primaries,” the source said.

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