Gunmen on Sunday abducted the Secretary of Teachers Registration Council, TRC, in Akwa Ibom, Esther Essien.
News of the abduction was confirmed in Uyo on Monday by the Director of State Security Service, SSS, in Akwa Ibom, Toma Minti.
The secretary was abducted in Itu Local Government Area of the state.
The director of the SSS simply said, “I can confirm to you, talk to the police.
“We are working on it, we understand she was kidnapped around Itu,” the security boss said.
However, Etim Dickson, the Police Public Relations Officer of the Akwa Ibom State Police Command, said on telephone that he is at Abuja for a conference and as such cannot confirm the development.
At the State’s Ministry of Education on Monday, workers were seen in small groups discussing the matter.
Reacting to the incident, the State’s Commissioner for Education, Eunice Thomas, expressed optimism that the victim would be released unhurt.
Ms. Thomas ruled out possibility of the abduction being masterminded by a staff of the ministry.
“You see, we are told that she drove alone back from the church, in such case she is vulnerable,” Ms. Thomas said.
Family sources who pleaded anonymity said the kidnappers were alleging that the husband, being a politician, had not “serviced the boys”.
No specific amount had been demanded as ransom by the kidnappers.