- Jerome Egbe, an aspirant on the platform of the PDP for the House of Representatives, was abducted at a mechanic workshop
- Egbe, a lecturer in Calabar, was reportedly brutalised while trying to fight back
- The police confirms his abduction and says it is working to ensure his freedom
An aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Abi/Yakkur federal constituency of the House of Representatives, Jerome Egbe, has been abducted by gunmen in Calabar, Cross River state.
Premium Times reports that Cyprian Ido, who is believed to have witnessed the abduction, said that the incident occurred on Thursday, |August 30, at about 11am at a mechanic workshop in Asari Iso Layout, Calabar.
The report quoted Ido as saying the victim was abducted at gun point by fierce looking gunmen who drove in black Hilux van.
Ido said the politician was brutalised by the abductors when he tried to fight back.
The police spokesperson, Irene Ugbo, confirmed the incident and said the law enforcement agency had swung into action to ensure his release.
The police spokesperson was quoted as simply responding: “Confirmed. We are working on his release.”
The report said Egbe is an engineer and the secretary general of the Society of Civil Engineers. He is also a lecturer in the department of civil engineering at the 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.
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“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.
NAIJ.com earlier reported how a spokesperson of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Odiko MacDon, confirmed that three female students of Obong University in Etim Ekpo, Akwa Ibom state, were abducted early Friday, June 1, from their hostel by armed men.
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