The provided text reports a distressing incident in Calabar involving the abduction of Professor Ekanem Philip Ephraim, a renowned neurologist and consultant at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH). The incident was confirmed by the Cross River State Police Command.
According to the information shared by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), a tactical operation has been initiated to track down the perpetrators responsible for the kidnapping. The criminals reportedly seized the mobile phones of onlookers and security guards present at the scene, which delayed the response time of the police.
The abduction took place around 9:00 pm on Thursday near the Mountain of Fire church in Calabar Municipality LGA. Four individuals arrived at the professor’s facility in a Toyota vehicle, posing as if they had a patient. When Professor Ekanem attended to them, she was forcefully taken away in their car. One of the ladies who accompanied her initially pursued the kidnappers but stopped when threatened with a gun.
The motive behind the abduction remains unclear, and it has caused concern within the community. Authorities are putting significant efforts into locating and rescuing Professor Ekanem Philip Ephraim safely. The medical community and the public eagerly await positive developments and hope for a swift resolution to this distressing ordeal.