Asuquo Ekpenyong-Ekpe, the older brother to Ekpenyong Ita, the immediate past Director General of the Department of State Sevices (DSS) has been abducted by unknown gunmen.
Hogan Bassey, the Police Public Relations Officer in Cross River confirmed the incident which he said occurred at the victim's residence in Creek Town, Odukpani Local Government Area on Friday.
Bassey also told the News Agency of Nigeria that the police was on top of the situation.
He said that the state police command would ensure his release without any harm and re-unite him with his family.
He added that the police was unaware of any ransom demand.
Ekpenyong-Ekpe was kidnapped at about 4a.m on Friday by unknown gunmen who raided his Creek Town home.
A relative of the victim, Etim Edet, told NAN in an interview that the gunmen whose number could not be ascertained, gained access to the area in a boat through the creek.
Edet said "several armed men just burst into his house at about 4 a.m Friday morning and whisked him away through the narrow canal here.
"They gained access through the creek and after abducting him, they disappeared through the creeks also. Soldiers have been sent to the area as we speak,'' he added.