Professor, journalist kidnapped by gunmen in Calabar

A staff of a media organisation and an academic staff of a higher institution have been abducted by unknown gunmen in Calabar, Cross Rivers State Capital.

WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that the victims identified as Dr. David Ugwu, an Associate Professor with the University of Calabar was abducted on Friday evening while Mr. Morris Archibong, a staff of Cross River Newspaper Corporation, was kidnapped on Saturday.

According to eyewitness accounts, the varsity lecturer was abducted by the hoodlums in his compound at the Atimbo area of the Cross River capital.

Mrs. Iquo Etim disclosed that the gunmen arrived at the victim’s home, shot sporadically into the air before taking him away.

“They took him through the water. It is like they had been monitoring him for quite a while because they came in swiftly like they knew the area,” she said.

Reacting to the incident, a colleague of the second victim revealed that he was abducted on his way home from an event in Etta Agbor Layout, Calabar Municipality, on Saturday evening.

He said nothing had been heard from the abductors while the victims’ phone lines were switched off.

The spokesman of the state police command, Irene Ugbo, confirmed the incidents, adding that the police officers are working hard to ensure that victims are rescued unhurt.

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