Gunmen have abducted Sen. Patrick Ani, a former senator who represented Cross River South on the platform of the defunct National Republican Convention between 1991 and 1992.
Eyewitnesses told journalists in Calabar on Thursday that the former legislator was abducted by the gunmen on Wednesday in his herbal farm in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of the state.
Ani is the brother of a former Minister of Finance, Chief Anthony Ani.
However, ASP Irene Ugbo, the Police Public Relations Officer of Cross River Police Command, told reporters that although the incident had been reported to the police, she had yet to confirm it.
A man working in Ani’s farm, who preferred anonymity, also confirmed that his boss was kidnapped.
He said that policemen came to the farm and promised to investigate the matter.
He could not, however, ascertain the exact time of the abduction.
In a related development, some foreigners and Nigerians working for a multinational company were recently kidnapped in the state while their Nigerian driver was killed.
The abducted persons were released some days later after a ransom was reportedly paid.