- Another kidnap incident has drawn attention to Nigeria's security challenges
- The suspects behind the abduction of the Ben Ukpekpi have not been identified
- The NLC and the police have not made any official statement over the incident
Some unknown gunmen have kidnapped Comrade Ben Ukpekpi, the chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Cross River state.
According to The Tribune, Ukpekpi was abducted in front of his house in the outskirt of Calabar on Sunday, March 21.
The Nation newspaper, citing sources, reported that the kidnappers sped off with the labour leader in a car.
It was the second time Comrade Ukpekpi would be kidnapped. Back in December 2019, he was abducted in front of his house
Vanguard reported that the suspects allegedly confessed their crime after they were busted by the police intelligence response team.
The publication stated that members of the gang stormed the Kun-warke Clinic and Maternity, Kan-Stakuwa, in Lafia area of the state in November 2020.
Rivers governor claimed that this is why banditry and violence, especially in the north, has come to stay.
Still on security, Ahmed Audi, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) commandant general has alleged that the bandits operating in the country have international sponsors.
According to the boss, Nigeria is currently facing an asymmetric war that requires inter-agency collaboration among security agencies.
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