Prince Agbor Onyi, the deputy governorship candidate of the Young Progressives Party, YPP, in Cross River State, has been kidnapped.
Onyi was kidnapped alongside three others on Thursday evening around Akparavuni in Biase LGA, which has become notorious as kidnappers’ haven.
Sources close to the family said the kidnappers are already demanding a huge sum as ransom.
Early last week, Commissioner for Women’s Affairs, Prof Gertrude Njar, was rescued after over one month in the kidnappers’ den following the reported payment of a huge amount as ransom.
In its statement signed by the state secretary, Comrade Fredrick Omari, the YPP said the incident has left both the family members of Onyi and the party heartbroken, bruised and distressed.
“We have received with rude shock the depressing news of the kidnap of our Deputy Governorship candidate, Prince Agbor Onyi.
“The timing of this criminal act is very devastating to the party and is a very serious concern to us all. We therefore call on the Nigerian Police and all security agencies to swing into action with unaccustomed alacrity.
“We demand that our Deputy Governorship candidate be released from the kidnappers’ den immediately to enable him proceed to his community to perform his civic duty tomorrow.”