Unknown gunmen have abducted Patrick Ani, a former senator who represented Cross River South on the platform of the defunct National Republican Convention between 1991 and 1992.
It was learnt that the former senator was abducted on Wednesday from his herbal farm in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of the state.
Mr. Ani is the brother of a former Minister of Finance, Anthony Ani.
The Cross River Police Command spokesperson, Irene Ugbo, Thursday 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.
Cross River, renowned as Nigeria’s foremost tourist destination, has witnessed increased attacks by cult groups and armed groups in recent weeks.
In June, some foreigners and Nigerians working for a multinational cement company were kidnapped in the state while their Nigerian driver was killed.
The abducted persons were however, released some days later after a ransom was reportedly paid.