Two Businessmen were reported to have been abducted by some unknown heavily armed gunmen in Calabar South local government area of Cross River State.
CALABAR REPORTERS gathered that the victims, one popular Japanese spare parts dealer, Mr Paulinus Obi, popularly known as Matata, and Emmanuel Ozokwu a contractor were on kidnapped Wednesday and Thursday respectively.
According to DAILY POST, “Obi was kidnapped on Wednesday at Bedwell Street, while Ozokwu was whisked away on Thursday at Target Street all in Calabar South”.
A witness, Chukwuemeka Okoli, said that Obi was kidnapped about 7:00pm on Wednesday, February 7, in front of his shop.
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Narrating the incident, Okoli said: “We were sitting out in front of Matata shop about 7:00pm having a drink and two young men wearing black all through walked up to Matata and excused him.
“As soon as he stood up another stern looking masked man came out from a parked old blue Audi 80 with AK 47 riffled and jerked Matata up and
threw him into the car.
“Immediately the Audi 80 drove off with the three other persons, another Camry car parked down Bedwell by White House Street followed them and they zoomed off to unknown destination.
“Since then they have not called, neither have they sent any message as to the next thing we can do. Honestly, this is one kidnap too many and the traders would not take this matter lying low any longer.”
Reacting, the president of Igbo community, Calabar, Chief Albert Enya, described the incident as very unfortunate and called on security operatives to step up their activities in terms of patrol.
Decrying the incessant kidnap of Igbo business men, Enya cautioned Indi-Igbo to watch their back and be very cautious these days and promised that community would collaborate with the security operatives to find solution to the menace.
Confirming the kidnap of Mr Obi, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Irene Ugbo, said: “We are aware of the incident and we are doing our best to see to his release.”
It would be recalled that three Igbo businessmen were abducted by hoodlums within three weeks in Calabar metropolis in Cross River.
One Ifeanyi and Lazarus, spare parts dealers, were kidnapped two weeks ago, an electrical parts’ dealer and contractor popularly known as ‘But Why’ was whisked away on Monday.
The victims were said to have been kidnapped at their shops at Victor Akan Street, Calabar South.
It was learnt that while one Ifeanyi and Lazarus, spare parts dealers, were kidnapped two weeks ago, an electrical dealer and contractor popularly known as ‘But Why’ was whisked away on Monday. Family sources said they have regained freedom after paying ransom running into millions of naira.