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Gunmen abduct travellers in Cross River

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Police authorities in Cross River State have confirmed the abduction of some passengers around Nde 3 Corners Akparabong Junction in Ikom local government area of the state.

The passengers who were on a transit, were said to have been ambushed by criminal elements who shot at their vehicles, injuring three while unspecified number of passengers were whisked away to unknown destination.

The spokesman of the state police command, SP Irene Ugbo who confirmed the attack said that it occurred on Sunday, 31st of December, 2023.

The police added that efforts had been put in place to secure the release of the abducted passengers and also ensure no repeat of the ugly incident in the area.

Meanwhile, a resident of the community, Mr James Ese, said the three injured persons were rushed to an undisclosed hospital for medical attention.

Ese said that the Akparabong Junction had become a nightmare for motorists and commuters in the last three weeks.

While alleging herdsmen to be responsible for the almost daily attack on the road, he called on security agencies to be alive to their responsibilities.

“We want the police to rise up to the challenge and end this menace to passengers in the last three weeks.

“This particular area of the Nde 3 Corners Akparabong Junction has become a bloodbath spot owing to kidnapping activities with over four deaths, including a baby, recorded these past weeks,” he said.

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