- Nelson Effiong, a former senator representing Eket Senatorial District of Akwa Ibom state, has been kidnapped
- Effiong was kidnapped late hours of Sunday, September 5, at his lounge, a popular sit-out along Oron road in Uyo
- According to the report, about eight persons were reportedly injured in a stampede during the kidnap operation
Channels TV reports that the victim was kidnapped by three-armed hoodlums at his lounge, a popular sit-out along Oron road in Uyo.
Legit.ng gathered that the gunmen reportedly stormed the venue at about 9:00 pm on the night of Sunday, September 5, opening fire on customers in the lounge, after which the Senator was taken away while several customers at the bar were injured during the attack.
According to the report, the armed men stormed the sit-out with a Toyota Camry car and shot sporadically forcing customers and other guests to scamper for safety before whisking the victim away.
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The Punch also reports that no fewer than eight persons were reportedly injured in a stampede during the kidnap operation which lasted for some minutes.
An eyewitness reportedly said:
“The incident occurred at about 9.00pm on Sunday night. The armed men stormed the sit-out with a Toyota Camry Car and started shooting sporadically, sending the customers and other guests to scamper for safety before they made straight for the former senator."
The state public relations officer in the state, SP Odiko Macdon, also confirmed the kidnapping to Channels Television.
“The command has received the report about the abduction of the victim and the commissioner of police has immediately ordered a discreet investigation into the matter. I believe that in no distance time, he would be rescued.
“The CP has also condemned the act and said no resources will be spared to ensure that he is rescued and situations like that are not tolerated. Steps have been taken and steps on the way to ensure that the situation is brought under control."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a former chief judge of Abia state, Justice Nnenna Oti, is nowhere to be found as she is said to have been kidnapped by some armed abductors.
It was reported that Bishop Chidi Collins Oparaojiaku of Ohaji/Egbema Anglican Diocese, Justice Oti, was kidnapped on Saturday, September 4, while she was driving to Anambra.
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The state's commissioner of education and human capital development, Wilbina Jackson, made the closure.
The move was a proactive measure to ensure the safety of students in view of the insecurity bedevilling the country, especially the northern region.
Bandits terrorising the northern part of the country have recently shifted the attention to schools, with hundreds of school children abducted across many states.