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Senator Nelson Effiong Regains Freedom after 54 Days with Kidnappers

Senator Nelson Effiong, formerly representing Eket Senatorial District, has been released by his captors. Effiong was kidnapped on Sunday, September 5, at his Oron Road residence and released on Friday, October 29, after 54 days in captivity.

Akwa Ibom State Caretaker Publicity Secretary of the APC, Enyongekere Nkereuwem, announced Effiong’s release and thanked everyone for lending a hand towards his reunion with his family. He did not reveal if any ransom was paid for 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,” Nkereuwem stated. “The Senator gained his freedom just yesterday (Friday, October 30, 2021) from the enclave and grip of the men of the underworld.”

Unknown gunmen had stormed the residence of the senator on the fateful day in a Toyota Camry and whisked him away. Three people had been injured during the kidnapping, but they were treated and declared well.

Effiong has not spoken to the press or released a statement regarding his abduction and time with the kidnappers, but security analysts and members of the APC said party opponents were behind the incident. Akwa Ibom State PPRO, Superintendent Odiko MacDon, declined to comment on the abduction and release of the former senator.

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