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Abducted ex-senator regains freedom after 54 days in captivity


Nelson Effiong, a former senator representing Eket senatorial district in Akwa Ibom state, has been freed by his abductors.

The police said Effiong was kidnapped “at a popular drinking spot” in Uyo on September 5.

Nkereuwem Enyongekere, publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, confirmed Effiong’s release in a statement issued on Saturday.

He said the former lawmaker was freed on Friday, and also expressed gratitude to persons who helped to facilitate his release.

“The All Progressives Congress Akwa Ibom State Chapter wishes to intimate the APC family and the general public of the release of Sen Nelson Effiong who was kidnapped on Sunday evening of September 5, 2021,” the statement reads.

“The Senator gained his freedom just yesterday (Friday, October 30, 2021) from the enclave and grip of the men of the underworld.

“It is our deepest concern as a party to register our sincere gratitude to God Almighty and all who contributed in one way or the other to facilitate his release and return to his family and party.

“We humbly pray to God to accord you all the commensurable blessings you deserve for identifying with us throughout the period of the predicament.”



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