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Unknown gunmen kidnap journalist in Cross River




A seasoned broadcaster, working with the Cross River State Broadcasting Corporation (CRBC) Radio/TV services, Mr Peter Etim, aka ‘god father’ has been kidnapped.

Mr Etim was kidnapped in the early hours of Friday while going to work.

An eyewitness, who pleaded for anonymity alleged that the victim was abducted in front of his house by unknown gunmen before 6am.

“He was the one on morning duty this Friday. He drove out of his house in Calabar South local government area of Cross River State in the early hours of the day.

“Some gunmen in Police uniform accosted him and took him with his vehicle to unknown destination. We have not gotten in touch with him ever since as his phone was switched off,” he alleged.

When visited the victim’s office at IBB in Calabar, the workers were seen discussing the incident in groups.

Condemning the action of the kidnappers, the State Chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists, Cross River State Council, Comrade Victor Udu, told our correspondent on phone, “It’s very very sad that a seasoned broadcaster could be easily taken away by people suspected to be security officers.

“What do they want from a journalist, do we have money? Don’t they see politicians to go and kidnap. We appeal to security operatives to make sure that the victim is release without further delay,” he said.

The State Security Adviser to Governor Ben Ayade in the South, Mr Ani Esin told our correspondent on phone that the Department of State Services (DSS) are on top of the situation.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Irene Ugbo, while confirming the story said the Police were on top of the situation.

“The victim will soon be released. The family reported the incident to officer in charge of kidnapping and investigations have commenced,” she said.