Peter Etim: Kidnapped journalist yet to be rescued seven days after

A journalist working with the Cross River State Broadcasting Corporation (CRBC) Mr. Peter Etim, aka God Father has not been rescued seven days after he was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in the state.

Mr. Etim was reportedly kidnapped in the early hours of Friday while going to work with a view to opening the CRBC Radio/Television stations at IBB road in Calabar.

It was reported that the victim was abducted in front of his house by unknown gun men before 6am.

An eyewitness, who pleaded for anonymity said, “He was on morning duty on Friday when he was kidnapped. He drove out of his house in Calabar South local government area of Cross River State in the early hours of the day.

“Some gun men in Police uniform accosted him and took him with his vehicle to unknown destination. The kidnappers were communicating with the family,” he said.

When our correspondent visited the CRBC station on Thursday, some workers of the corporation were seen discussing the matter in groups, lamenting what the kidnappers were looking for from a poor journalist.

A staff of the corporation, who pleaded that his name should not be mentioned, alleged that the victim was taken to Umuahia in Abia State the day he was abducted.

He said the vehicle of the victim was recovered in Biase local government area by the police and the victim was suspected to have been taken to Abia State.

“I am still wondering what a journalist had that one will considere kidnapping him with a view to getting ransom. They (Kidnappers) initially put the ransom at N15m and later reduced it to N5m but now they said, they need N300, 000.”

“The good part was that, the abductors are communicating with the family and they have given strong warning that police should not be involved in the negotiation and the family now kept mute on the matter.

“May be the family is sourcing for money with a view to giving it to the abductors. They are anxious to get the man release a live and further delay is dangerous” he stated.

Consequently, when our correspondent contacted the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Ms Irene Ugbo on phone on Thursday, she said the kidnappers are hungry set of people.

“These people are poor and they are hungry people. They are looking for money. Hungry is in the land. However, Police is still making efforts to get the victim released in a shortest possible time,” he said.

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