Police, Navy search for five abductees in Calabar

Eme Offiong, Calabar

The Nigerian police says it is working assiduously with the navy to secure the release of five abducted persons in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.

The Cross River State Commissioner for Police, Mr. Jimoh Ozi-Obeh told newsmen in a telephone interview “we are working with the navy to secure the release of the kidnapped people unhurt”.

According to Ozi-Obeh, the police received the report of a kidnap involving three expatriates – 2 Australians, one South African as well as two Nigerians.

He said the persons were abducted in Calabar along a road known as Idudun, which links the city across the Calabar River to LafargeHolcim Cement Company in Mfamosing, Akamkpa local Government Area, southern senatorial district of Cross River State, where they work.

In a swift reaction, Viola Graham-Douglas, the Communications Director, Lafarge Africa Plc, stated in a press release sent via electronic messaging to the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Cross River State council that those abducted were members of one of their contracting firm.

The statement said “One of our contractors, McMahon, has informed us that a security incident occurred on the road from Calabar involved some of their employees. McMahon is working with the security agencies to resolve this situation.”

Meanwhile, an eye-witness account by Mr. Iniobong Etukudoh indicated that armed men believed to be militants ambushed the vehicle conveying the five contractors, killed the driver and transferred the expatriates to their own vehicle and headed to the Idudun bridge head, where a steam boat was waiting to take the abductors and victims into the creeks.