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Kidnappers demand N100m ransom for two doctors abducted in Cross River

Kidnappers demand N100m ransom for two doctors abducted in Cross River

One of the kidnapped doctors

The Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Cross River Chapter, says the kidnappers of two of its members demanded 100 million naira as a ransom to secure their release.

Felix Archibong, Chairman of the NMA in the State, confirmed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday November 19 in Calabar.

Mr Archibong said the two medics were abducted on Friday alongside two others on the Ikomita section of the Calabar-Ikom highway.

One of the abducted doctors has been identified as Ekpo Etim Egong, a volunteer doctor from Calabar General Hospital.

The victims are said to be on their way back to Ogoja after attending a workshop in Calabar, the state capital.

The gunmen reportedly blocked the highway during the operation and fired sporadically into the air to scare passers-by and moved away immediately after successfully abducting seven victims.

A witness said that of the seven people they abducted, three were women and four were men.

According to him, the thugs then released the three women, after robbing them of their valuables including phones, watches and cash, and took the four men into the bush.

State Police Commissioner Sule Balarabe, who confirmed the incident, said his command would do everything humanly possible to ensure their release unharmed.

“We will comb the forest for their release. I assure you that the matter will be dealt with in an adequate manner. I am not only sitting in Calabar giving orders, I am also in the field with my men,” said the CP.

“We have the cooperation of the locals and I think we will have a positive outcome. I am on the ground with various units. We are hitting the nail on the head as I speak, we need to make sure we get the victims released unharmed, ” did he declare.

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