Unknown gunmen, on Sunday, September 5, 2021 kidnapped a former Akwa Ibom State Senator, Effiong Nelson at his lounge along Oron Road, Uyo, the state capital.
It was gathered that eight persons who were at the scene alongside Paul Ekwere, the Special Assistant on media to the chairman, House Committee on Information in the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly, Aniefiok Dennis sustained various degrees of injuries as a result of the attack.
It was further gathered that Senator Effiong was kidnapped by three armed hoodlums at his lounge, a popular sit-out along Oron Road, Uyo, the state capital.
The hoodlums invaded the lounge at about 9:00 p.m. Sunday and opened fire, which made the customers in the lounge to scamper for safety.
One of the victims, Ekwere, a journalist who escaped with bullet wounds posted on his social media handle, “I have just been shot along Oron Road.”
Narrating the incident to some colleagues, Ekwere said, “The incident occurred at about 9:00 p.m. 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 to the former Senator.
“The ex-Senator was later whisked away by the hoodlums in a Toyota Camry car to an unknown destination.”
The kidnappers are yet to contact the family members of Senator Effiong for them to negotiate for ransom.
However, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Odiko Macdon has confirmed the incident and explained that the Commissioner of Police, CP Andrew Amiengheme has assured safe rescue of the victim and possible arrest of the perpetrators.
His words, “we have received the sad report, the CP is miffed about it and had promised to spare no resources in ensuring his safe rescue and perpetrators brought to book.”