Gunmen Kidnap NLC Chairman From His Home in Cross River State

Gunmen Kidnap NLC Chairman From His Home in Cross River State

- 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

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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.

Gunmen Kidnap NLC Chairman From His Home in Cross River State
Workers carry banners march in support of the anti-corruption drive of the government during a rally in Abuja. Photo: Stringer
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The Nation newspaper, citing sources, reported that the kidnappers sped off with the labour leader in a car.

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It was the second time Comrade Ukpekpi would be kidnapped. Back in December 2019, he was abducted in front of his house

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Meanwhile, the police have arrested two suspected kidnappers, Abdullahi Danshoho and Illiyasu Salleh, who abducted two patients and a nurse at a hospital in Nasarawa state.

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.

In another news, Governor Nyesom Wike has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of playing politics with the issue of insecurity throughout Nigeria, The Guardian reported

Rivers governor claimed that this is why banditry and violence, especially in the north, has come to stay.

According to Vanguard, Wike said back in 2015, he cried to the federal government about the growing rate of violent crimes, but that he was seen as an enemy of the nation.

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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.

Channels TV reported that Audi made the accusation during the training workshop for state commandants of the NSCDC in Abuja on Wednesday, March 17.

According to the boss, Nigeria is currently facing an asymmetric war that requires inter-agency collaboration among security agencies.

Kess Ewubare is a senior political/current affairs correspondent at He has both a BSc and a Master’s degree in mass communication. He has over 10 years experience working in several fields of mass communication including radio, TV, newspaper, and online. He can be reached via email at


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Kess Ewubare Kess Ewubare is a former senior political/current affairs editor at He has a diploma in-law in addition to a BSc and a master’s degree in mass communication. Kess is a journalist with over 10 years of working experience in several fields of journalism ranging from radio presenting, television news reporting, newspaper reporter, feature and magazine writing as well as online and multi-media journalism.

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