Etubom Essien Cobham, the father Cross Rivers State Deputy Governor, Efiok Cobham, was on Friday morning kidnapped by unknown gunmen in Creek Town, Odukpani local government area, of the state.
The deputy governor’s uncle, whose name could not be ascertained, was equally believed to have been abducted by the kidnappers.
It was gathered that the house of the Director- General of the State Security Service, Mr. Ita Ekpenyong, who is from the area, was also vandalized.
Government officials kept mute over the situation, but residents of the area, who witnessed the incident, said the gunmen shot sporadically into the air to scare people away.
The gunmen reportedly gained access to the area through the Calabar River, using two speedboats. They also had a dog with them.
The state Police Public Relations Officer Mr. Hogan Bassey, confirmed the incident.
He, however, refused to disclose how they intend to rescue the deputy governor’s father