How Kidnappers abducted three traders in Calabar

hafiz inuwa
No fewer than three traders have been kidnapped in Calabar, Cross River State, in the last four days.
Southern City News learnt on Friday that the kidnap is coming barely one month after two pupils were reportedly abducted from a public school in the Ikot-Effanga area of Calabar.

A Calabar resident, Mr. Adisa Ojo, said one of the kidnapped businessmen identified as Justin, was abducted at about 8pm on Monday at Palm Street in Calabar-South and taken to an unknown destination.
He said that another businessman, whose name was given as Nwadike, was kidnapped at about 9pm of the same day in the Ikot-Ansa area of the state.

He said, “Justine is 47. He is a native of Ukanafun in Akwa Ibom State and deals on cosmetics product at the Akpabuyo Market, while Nwadike (41), is a building contractor who shuttles between Imo and Cross River states.”
An eyewitness, Ogbonnia Udehi, said the third kidnap victim identified as Lumba is an auto mechanic, who was abducted at about 5pm in his workshop in Calabar on Wednesday.

“Lumba is from Ohafia in Abia State. He was whisked away from his workshop at the Goldie Cemetery area of Calabar Municipality on Wednesday. The hoodlums came in at about 5pm on that fateful day and jumped through the fence into the premises.
“On sighting the gang, one of his boys took to his heels and while Lumba attempted to escape, the kidnappers swooped on him and whisked him into a waiting car  before zooming off. The kidnappers shot into the air to scare residents away while their victim cried for help,” he said.

A family source, who craved anonymity, said the kidnapers had yet to make contact with Lumba’s relatives.
The source further said it was unusual for kidnappers to keep their victim for long without opening contact to demand for ransom.

However, a family member of Nwadike, who preferred not to be mentioned, said, “The abductors of my brother have called and demanded for N20m as ransom. But I pleaded with them that we do not have that kind of money.
“Well, we have not reported to the security operatives because they warned that if we do, they would kill him and we would still pay the ransom. So, we are in a dilemma and don’t know what to do. We are still begging the people to let go for his health sake.”

Reacting to the development, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hafiz Inuwa, said the situation has become the trend for families of most kidnapped victims who hardly report such incidents, adding that the situation was difficult for the police to intervene.
He, however, said that the command has arrested three notorious criminals who have been terrorising Calabar-South, adding that they would soon be prosecuted.