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, who confirmed the development while speaking with newsmen in Calabar, however said he cannot disclose what the police is 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 done.” he said.
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‚Äôs 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 details.‚Äù
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 their act.
Efforts to get the State Government‚Äôs reaction on the incident was not successful as top government officials kept sealed lips on the incident.