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Former senator kidnapped by gunmen in Akwa Ibom

At least seven other people were reportedly injured when he was seized by the gunmen.

Police say efforts are already in place to rescue him (image used for illustration)

A former senator, Nelson Effiong, has been kidnapped by a group of gunmen in Akwa-Ibom State, Police authorities confirmed on Monday, September 6, 2021.

The former lawmaker was abducted at a drinking spot on Oron Road, in Uyo around 10 pm on Sunday, September 5.

At least seven other people were reportedly injured when he was seized by the gunmen and taken away.

Akwa Ibom State Police Command spokesperson, SP Odiko Macdon, said on Monday efforts are already in place to rescue him.

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"The Commissioner of Police, Andrew Amiengheme, is miffed about it and has promised to spare no resources in ensuring his safe rescue and perpetrators brought to book," he said.

Over 2,300 people were reportedly kidnapped across the country between January and June 2021, with 237 people losing their lives in kidnap attempts.

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