Governor Ben Ayade of Cross Rivers
A non-governmental organisation, Prevent Abuse of Children Today (PACT) Coalition in Cross River, says at least 20 children are kidnapped in Cross River, western Nigeria, within nine months.
This is contained in a statement by Coordinator, PACT Coalition Cross River State and Executive Secretary Basic Rights Counsel Initiative of the group, Mr James Ibor, in Calabar on Friday.
Ibor said that PACT had been investigating the recent spate of child kidnapping in Calabar, an ancient city famous for its serene and peaceful environment.
According to him, the city regarded as the safest in Nigeria is now nose-diving into a den of kidnappers with incessant reported cases of child kidnapping.
“The fact that Calabar is increasingly gaining this sad reputation as a centre of child kidnapping should be of major concern to all state and national leaders.
“Over the last nine months, at least 20 children in the city and outskirts of Calabar have been reportedly kidnapped for suspected ritual purposes.
“The number of such cases seems to be increasing. Children aged between one to seven years have been reportedly kidnapped, leaving families distressed and helpless.
“On the 9th of July 2015, a one year and nine months old baby was kidnapped at Ikot-Abasi Obori Street, Ikot-Ishie Town, Calabar. On 2nd June, 2015 a four and a half year old child was kidnapped at Awi, Akamkpa.
“On 15th May, 2015 a four-year-old child was kidnapped at Akamkpa and a two and a half year old child was also kidnapped at Idang, Calabar South. In April, 2015 a four-year-old child was kidnapped at 8 Mile Axis of Calabar.
“Other cases include a one and half year old child kidnapped in May, 2015 when the kidnappers lured the child’s mother to Aba, Abia State, under the pretence of giving her a job.
“Again, in April, 2015 a …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper