Jude Agaba, a popular cripple in the remote village of Ohong in Obudu Local Government Area of Cross River State, has been abducted by gunmen.
This came just as the new Commissioner of Police in Cross River State, Mr Hafix Inuwa, vowed to tackle kidnapping and cultism in the state.
Agaba, who is also known as FG, was kidnapped at about 8pm on Friday in his home while he was watching premiership football match according to The Punch.
He was said to have been abducted in the presence of his pregnant wife who was manhandled by the kidnappers.
Southern City News learnt on Tuesday the kidnappers had made a demand of N5m as the ransom for his release.
A source in Obudu told our correspondent that FG is known popularly for selling palm wine, beer and petroleum products.
The source, who identified himself as Bisong, said the abducted cripple had maintained his small business for decades and was cherished by people in the community.
He said, “FG’s pregnant wife, Felicia, was manhandled by the kidnappers and kicked in the tummy and she has been bleeding. A scan has been done on her to determine whether she has lost the pregnancy or not. I do not have that detail.”
But three days after the kidnap, it was learnt that the abductors have made contact with the family and demanded N5m.
When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Irene Ugbo, said she was not aware of the incident.
She, however, promised to get the details from the Obudu division.