July 06, (THEWILL) – Gunmen on Tuesday abducted the Special Adviser to Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State on Cocoa Development and Control, Ntufam Dr. Oscar Ofuka, at the premises of the Cross River Broadcasting Corporation (CRBC) in Calabar.
The gunmen, about five in number, stormed CRBC and whisked away Ofuka in an unregistered red Hilux van, which was parked outside the premises of the radio station.
Staff of the corporation, who tried to stop the abduction of the Governor’s aide, were threatened by the gun-wielding abductors, who warned them not to hinder the abduction or be ready to suffer the consequences.
An eye-witness of the incident, Mrs. Deborah (surname withheld), said, one of the gunmen sprayed a pepperish substance on her eyes as she made attempt to drag the hand of one of the gunmen in order to let Ofuka off the gunmen’s grip.
She said was stuck by the pain of the pepperish substance and thereafter gave up.
Cross River State’s Commissioner of Police, Sikiru Akande, confirmed the incident.
He said a rescue operation was ongoing.