Three persons were this week kidnapped in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, barely a week after the Cross River State Governor, Senator Ben Ayade launched an operation to flush out kidnappers from the state.
Mr Afaene Joshua, a major cement distributor, was kidnapped Tuesday evening, at the Lafarge warehouse along Parliamentary Extension in Calabar.
Medical practitioner, Dr Vincent Maduka, a consultant cardiologist at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital UCTH, was also kidnapped at about 8 pm Wednesday night, along Goodluck Jonathan bypass, adding to the long list of medical personnel that have been kidnapped within the year.
Also, an unnamed Bolt driver is said to have been kidnapped after dropping off a passenger within State Housing Estate, on Wednesday, December 9, 2020.
Meanwhile, the newly launched security outfit, Operation Akpakwu, announced the arrest of a notorious kidnap kingpin, Bassey Bassey Etim, and members of his gang during a stop and search operation in Calabar, Tuesday night.
Andrea Ekeng Inyang, Special Assistant to Governor Ben Ayade on Strategic Communication said the arrest was made possible by the assistance from members of the public.
“Operation (sic) Op got intelligence by intelligent officers and swung into action. Bassey was said to have been spotted with his gang around the Anantigha axis of Calabar South.
“Operation Akpakwu responded immediately and surrounded all escape perimeter, then clamped on the criminal suspect with his gang”. He said.
Governor Ben Ayade early in the week announced and launched Operation Akpakwu, with a donation of operational vehicles and communication equipment to the outfit that consists of the Navy, Army, Police and the Civil Defence.