The armed men that abducted Oscar Ofuka, Special Adviser to governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State were men of the Nigerian police.
The policemen are from the Ikom division of the Nigerian police. Contrary to reports that they came from the force headquarters.
An eye witness who was able to identify one of the police officers said he serves with the Ikom division. The officers had earlier lied that they came from the area command in Calabar. “When they succeded in putting him (Ofuka) in their van, we followed them to Area Command, where they said they came from, only for the command to deny knowledge of the operation” an aide to Ofuka told The Parchment.
” that was when we became suspicious and the CP was alerted” she concluded.
The aide said swift action of the state police command led to the interception of the vehicle at the flyover along Jonathan bypass road in Calabar.
It is alledge that the men were sent because of a petition that was written by a retired Assistant Inspector General of Police, Joseph Mbu. Both Mbu and Ofuka are from the Cocoa producing Etung LGA of the state.
But this is not the first time Mbu is accused of leading armed policmen to abduct Ofuka.
Early this year, Mr Ofuka was said to have been abducted by armed policmen, bundled into a vehicle and driven to Abuja where he spent almost two weeks in detention at the force headquarters, Abuja. His vehicle was later found parked at Ikom police divisional headquarters.
In May this year, over six heavily armed men trailed one of his drivers to his house, along palm street in Calabar south. The armed men who were later discovered to be men of the Nigerian police according to one of the occupants tortured those found in the compound including a pregnant woman. ” When they could not find Ofuka they left with the driver but later released him after subjecting him to severe torture.
When this paper visited the state police headquarters, Mr Ofuka and a leader of the police officers that abducted him were seen giving statements. While the vehicle, a red coloured Hilux has been impounded reportedly on the orders of the governor, Ben Ayade.