Gunmen seize Senator Effiong in Akwa Ibom

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Gunmen have seized the former Senator representing Eket Senatorial District in Akwa Ibom State, Nelson Effiong in Uyo.

The victim was kidnapped by three-armed men at his lounge, a popular sit-out along Oron Road in Uyo.

The gunmen reportedly stormed the venue at about 9:00pm on Sunday night, opening fire on customers in the lounge, and whisked away the Senator. Many customers  were reportedly injured during the attack.

The armed men stormed the sit-out with a Toyota Camry car and shot sporadically forcing customers and other guests to scamper for safety before whisking the victim away.

“He was later whisked away by the gunmen in a Toyota Camry car to an unknown destination,”  said an eye witness.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Odiko Macdon has confirmed the incident.

The police spokesman explained that the command will issue an official statement soon.

While kidnapping for ransom is common in most parts of Nigeria, especially in the northern region, gunmen have in recent weeks began targeting political office holders, their wives, children and relatives.

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On Thursday, gunmen who are sometimes referred to as bandits, whisked away the younger sister of the Deputy Speaker of the Katsina State House of Assembly, Shehu Dalhatu Tafoki.

The incident came hours after the wife and two children of the lawmaker representing Bakori Constituency in the Katsina State House of Assembly, Dr. Ibrahim Kurami were abducted.