Kidnappers Abduct INEC Staff In A’Ibom, Demand N10m Ransom

LAGOS JUNE 7TH (NEWSRANGERS)– Hoodlums have abducted a staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) serving at the commission’s area office in Ukanafun local government area of Akwa Ibom state.
The victim, identified as Otobong Sylvester Ukpong, an indigene of Iwukem village in Etim Ekpo local government area, was kidnapped on Tuesday morning near the Government Primary School, Oruk Ata2 along the Ukanafun-Azumini expressway.
The victim’s brother, Mbetobong Sylvester Ukpong, told reporters, “My brother was kidnapped at Uruk Ata2, in the morning hours of Tuesday, June 5, 2018, on his way to work in his office at Ukanafun Local Government Area office of INEC”.
Mbetobong explained that his brother’s captors have contacted the family, and are demanding N10 million as ransom.
“They used my brother’s phone number to call the family to disclose their ransom before they release him, but the elders of the family have told them such demand is outrageous for a largely peasant family to pay”, he said.
When contacted, the police public relations officer (PPRO), Odiko MacDon DSP told our correspondent that he was yet to be officially briefed by the Etim Ekpo Area Command on the incident.
“Somebody called me from that axis of the state that a staff of INEC has been kidnapped, but as I speak I can’t confirm that information because I have not been officially briefed by the Etim Ekpo Area Command,” he said.
It could be recalled that there have been series of killings and abductions in the area, the recent being the kidnap of two female students of Obong University, a private varsity in the area.

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