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Akwa-Ibom ex-lawmaker kidnapped, scores shot

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Suspected gunmen have abducted the immediate past senator representing Akwa Ibom South, Effiong Nelson on Monday.

Sources said scores were also injured in the attack, which occurred at a popular sit-out along Oron Road in Uyo, the state capital said to be owned by the ex-Senator.

Congress gathered that the hoodlums, numbering three, invaded the sit-out around 9:00pm on Sunday and opened fire, forcing those at the lounge to scamper for safety.

A victim, Paul Ekwere, a media aide to one of the lawmakers in Akwa Ibom House of Assembly posted on his social media handles, “I have just been shot been shot along Oron Road.”

He said: “The incident occurred at about 9:00 p.m. on a Sunday night. The armed men stormed the sit-out with a Toyota Camry car and started shooting sporadically at random, sending the customers and other guests to scamper for safety before they made straight to the former Senator.

“He was later whisked away by the hoodlums in a Toyota Camry car to unknown destination.”

Akwa Ibom Police spokesman SP Odiko Macdon confirmed the incident.

He said: “We have received the sad report, the CP is miffed about it and had promised to spare no resources in ensuring his safe rescue and perpetrators brought to book.”

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