A former federal lawmaker, Senator Effiong Nelson has been abducted by unknown gunmen in Akwa Ibom State, Police confirm.
Effiong represented Eket Senatorial District in Akwa Ibom State in the 8th Senate.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Odiko Macdon who confirmed the incident said, “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.”
Macdon said that the command would ensure that the perpetrators were brought to book and also secure the release of the politician.
“We have received that sad report of the kidnapped of the Senator.
“The Commissioner of Police Andrew Amiengheme is miffed about it and have promised to spare no resources in ensuring his safe rescue and perpetrators brought to book,” he added.
A source said Effiong was kidnapped by three armed hoodlums at his lounge, a popular sit-out along Oron Road in Uyo.
The hoodlums reportedly stormed the venue at about 9:00pm Sunday night and opened fire on customers in the lounge, the senator was taken away while several patrons at the bar were injured during the attack
One of the victims, Paul Ekwere, a media aide to one of the lawmakers in Akwa Ibom House of Assembly posted on his social media handles, “I have just been shot at along Oron Road. The incident occurred at about 9:00 p.m. on a Sunday night”.
The armed men stormed the sit-out with a Toyota Camry car and started shooting sporadically at random, sending the customers and other guests to scamper for safety before they made it straight to the former Senator.