Gunmen on Sunday night abducted the former Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Nelson Effiong, in Uyo.
Ripples Nigeria gathered that Effiong was abducted at his lounge in the state capital.
The victim was also a former Senator representing Eket South Senatorial district in the National Assembly.
Eyewitnesses said the kidnappers drove into the lounge in a Toyota Camry Car and shot endlessly into the air to scare away people from the scene
One of the eyewitnesses told Ripples Nigeria that about eight customers were injured in the stampede.
He said: “The guys were heavily armed and came into the lounge at about 9:00 p.m. on Sunday night.
“The armed men stormed the sit-out in 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 whom they took away.
READ ALSO: Police reportedly kills four in Akwa Ibom
“I was lucky to escape unhurt.”
The spokesman of the state police command, Odiko Macdon, confirmed the incident on Monday.
He said the state’s Commissioner of Police, Andrew Amiengheme, has ordered a discreet investigation into the incident, adding that the victim would be rescued unhurt.
Macdon said: “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 to ensure that the situation is brought under control.”
Join the conversation
Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism
Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.
As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.
If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.
Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.
INVESTIGATION: UBEC mum as N80m Kebbi secondary school lab equipment still undelivered since 2020
“Our laboratories are not conducive for learning; the termites have destroyed most of these laboratories, and there is not enough...
In Niger, communities suffer as multi-billion naira Auna Dam project remains uncompleted despite 38 years of investments
In Niger State, the over 20 communities around Auna River have had their hopes for fresh water, electricity supply and...
INVESTIGATION: Years after, 15km Eleme-Onne end of East-West Road remains death-trap despite billions released
In this report, ARINZE CHIJIOKE chronicles the sufferings of road users on the 15km Eleme-Onne end of the East-West Road...
Gaza attacks intensify as 12 Thais, 10 Nepalese killed in Israel
The current violence in Israel has claimed the lives of at least 12 Thai people and 10 Nepalese individuals. Eight...
INVESTIGATION: Poorly executed classroom projects force children out of school in Niger State
Once a vibrant hub of learning for pupils, Kodo Primary School now resonates a stark contrast to its former days...