A serving Superintendent of Customs, Mba Ukweni Edu has been kidnapped at a river in Cross River State.
The incident, according to an eyewitness who pleaded anonymity occurred on Friday between 1 and 2pm at the riverbank in Etono Central in Biakpan.
The victim it was learnt was posted to Ikom in Cross River State in preparation for his retirement having worked in the West, Lagos.
“He has worked in Cross River State before and in Calabar but this time around he was posted to Ikom, he came in from the West, Lagos
“He is a staff of Customs and a superintendent of Customs still in service and soon to be retired. He should be in his late 50” the eyewitness informed.
When contacted, the Mba Ukweni, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), via phone on Saturday, said the victim is his uncle.
“The victim is my uncle; he was kidnapped on his way back from Calabar, in the Cross River (Ferry Point).
“They came with guns and shot sporadically to scare the people away in the river bank. The suspected kidnappers were not less than five and they came in a flyboat
“They pushed him into their flyboat and sped off. He was crossing and returning back to Calabar when the incident occurred.
“It was at the ferry point between Etono Central and Ubeng. It must be on a tip that he was crossing, the incident occurred between 1pm and 2pm Friday
“The kidnappers have reached out to the family on Saturday and demanded N100m, Police has been informed
“This is the first time we have had such an incident, we suspected them to come in from Calabar because they moved toward Akwa Ibom routes which means they were coming toward Calabar” he explained
When contacted via phone on Saturday, the Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Igri Ewa said he was not aware, “I am not aware for now, they have not informed us” he said.