Po­lice comb creeks for ab­ducted C’river NLC chair­man

The Punch - - METRO - Ada Wodu, Cal­abar

THE po­lice in Cross River State have be­gun a man­hunt for the kid­nap­pers of the state Chair­man of the Nige­ria Labour Congress, Ben Ukpepi, who was ab­ducted from his res­i­dence on Tues­day.

The po­lice said they were comb­ing the creeks to res­cue Ukpepi, who was whisked away from his CROSPIL Es­tate res­i­dence in the Ak­pabuyo Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of the state around 8pm.

The state Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, DSP Irene Ugbo, told our cor­re­spon­dent on Wed­nes­day that the po­lice were al­ready comb­ing the creeks to res­cue Ukpepi.

“Our men moved to the creeks this morn­ing. They are on it. So, let’s wait for the re­sult be­fore the end of the day,” she said.

it was gath­ered that Ukpepi re­ceived a phone call be­fore he was ab­ducted.

A source stated that the NLC chair­man was out­side with some per­sons tak­ing fresh air when he de­cided to go in­side the house.

The source stated, “When he went in­side the house, he re­ceived a phone call. Be­cause of the noise in­side, he de­cided to come out­side to take the call and that was when his ab­duc­tors struck.

“The per­sons he was with in the com­pound waited for him for some min­utes to re­turn, but when he did not, they went to check on him and he was nowhere to be found. That was when they re­alised what had hap­pened.

“They saw his slip­pers and pair of glasses on the ground with­out any trace of him.

His ab­duc­tors also took his phone. His fam­ily have been call­ing his line, but it has been switched off since. His ab­duc­tors have not made con­tact with his fam­ily up till now.”

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