The household of a former senator from Akwa Ibom State, Nelson Effiong, has cried out that the ex-lawmaker continues to be within the captivity of his abductors, having spent 22 days.
Recall that Effiong, who represented Akwa Ibom South Senatorial district within the eighth National Assembly, was kidnapped on Sunday, September 5, 2021, at about 9pm whereas stress-free in his lounge in Uyo, the state capital.
It was learnt that the assailants drove into his premises in a Toyota Camry automobile and shot sporadically into the air, scaring away individuals earlier than carting the previous senator away.
There have been rumours earlier within the state that the sufferer had regained his freedom after his household paid the ransom demanded by the abductors.
But a relative of the senator, Uyoh Effiong, in an interview with journalists in Uyo, stated his brother was nonetheless within the kidnappers’ den, including individuals had been calling him to congratulate him over the discharge of his brother however he insisted that the data is faux.
He stated, “They have not released him. He is still there. The news that he has been released is fake. If they had released him, remember I promised that I will inform you about it. So that news is a fake one.
“A lot of people have been calling me, telling me congratulations about his release, but it is not true that he has regained his freedom.
“In fact we have been worried and we are praying that he should be released because it is three weeks and one day today since he was abducted.”
Reacting, the Police Public Relations Officer, Odiko Macedon, said the command was not aware of any information about his release.
He said “We are not privy to that information. I don’t report on unofficial channels like I keep saying, so I cannot talk about it. For now, the command is not aware”