By Jonathan Ugbal
Mr. Denis Nchor, the chapter chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Obudu local government area who was kidnapped in the early hours of Tuesday has been rescued by men of the Obudu division of the Nigeria Police Force.
Mr. Nchor is currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed medical facility a party stalwart, Mr. Emmanuel Utande told CrossRiverWatch.
“He was robbed, beaten and kidnapped in the early hours of the day at his residence along ranch road,” another party member close to him said.
The kidnappers then bundled Mr. Nchor into the boot of his car and used the Ukwel-Obudu – Bebuatsuan – Ohong road to avoid the Army checkpoint along the major Ogoja road but ran out of fuel.
They then abandoned him to search for a black market dealer and ran out of luck as the Police arrived the scene where the car had been parked.
Upon sighting the Police, the kidnappers are said to have ran into nearby bushes and after the Police heard grunting sounds from the booth of Mr. Nchor’s car, popped the boot open and found him tied.
The black marketer is said to be in police custody and under interrogation, sources reliably informed CrossRiverWatch.
Meanwhile, another person was said to have been beaten to death at Bekpam layout after unknown persons broke down his door to gain entry into his apartment.
The motive behind the killing is still unclear as Police sources say it may be gang related.
This comes on the heels of about six other deaths recorded in Calabar, the Cross River State capital on Sunday night following a renewed war between rival gangs.
One was shot dead at Atekong junction, another at Ediba road, while another was gunned down at Whitehouse steet, Palm street, Atimbo and Ekorinim areas CrossRiverWatch gathered.
The police have been reached for comments.
This has drawn the ire of development expert, Pamea Braide who took to Facebook to express her displeasure at what she said people now view as “normal.”
“At least 4 guys killed between Atekong junction, Ediba and behind Marian in 48 hrs in a months long cult war in Calabar.
“At this point its not even news. We have decided cultism is normal. If I didn’t see the police and a dead body by the street I wouldn’t even have known anything happened from Calabar Facebook.
“Depending on the area this is a daily monthly or weekly occurrence. Yet “enlightened guys here are so proud of their colours (sic) and gang signs,” she wrote.
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