Abuja - The Police in Cross River on Friday confirmed the abduction of Etubom
Essien Cobham, the father of the deputy governor, Efiok Cobham,
by gunmen at his country home in Creek Town.
The public relations officer of the Cross River State Police Command, Hogan Bassey, confirmed the development while speaking with newsmen
He said: "For security reasons, I cannot tell you what we are doing to rescue him.
"The commissioner of police, Kola Sodipo, and senior officers of
the command have gone to Creek Town to see the building and the damage
Eye-witnesses said the gunmen abducted the elder statesman at about 2
a.m. on Friday in his residence at Creek Town in the Odukpani Local
Government Area of the state.
Sources said that the deputy governor’s uncle, whose name was not immediately ascertained, was also abducted by the gunmen.
According to the sources in Creek Town, there was so much shooting while the operation lasted.
On the number of persons abducted across the state, Bassey said: "For now we are talking of the father. In due course we will give you
On the incident at the residence of the director-general of
the State Security Service (NAN), Ita Ekpenyong, he said the
kidnappers could not gain access to Ekpenyong's place.
They said that the house of the SSS director-general was allegedly attacked, but they were repelled by security men
Sources disclosed that the heavily armed abductors, accompanied by an
Alsatian dog, came in through the Calabar creeks with two speed boats.
The incident, according to eye-witnesses, lasted for hours and took
the community by surprise as the kidnappers fired gun shots
indiscriminately to scare away any form of resistance before executing
Efforts to get the State Government’s reaction on the incident was
not successful as top government officials kept sealed lips on the