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AIG orders fresh investigation on abduction of ex-Akwa Ibom senator, medical doctor

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The Assistant Inspector general of Police in charge of zone 6, Usman Sule Gomna, has ordered fresh investigations into the abduction of a medical doctor, Nsidibe Umana and former Akwa Ibom senator, Nelson Effiong.

The AIG issued the order in Uyo on Friday, during a meeting with security stakeholders in the state who had raised an alarm over the abduction of the duo.

The order by the AIG is coming even as the command said it has put in place a crack team to trail the abductors of the two victims in the state.

Recall that Senator Nelson Effiong, who represented Akwa Ibom South Senatorial district during the last administration was abducted on Sunday, September 5, 2021, while relaxing in his sit-out, along Oron Road while the medical doctor was abducted in his compound at Oruk Anam local government area of the state on Tuesday, September 14, 2021.

Responding to a request by the state chapter Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association, Dr Ime Sylvester Udoh, the AIG said “Before I came here I have directed the CP of the command, Andrew Amiengheme, to intensify efforts to see how he can be rescued”.

He reiterated the commitment of the zone in tackling crime and criminality and called on stakeholders to continue to cooperate with the police by revealing useful information that could help in tackling the crime rates in the states.

Responding on the kidnapped medical doctor, the Akwa Ibom state commissioner of police Andrew Amiengheme said a manhunt has already been put in place to effect the release of the doctor

“Our men are in the field to ensure the release of that young doctor. Unfortunately, they (abductors) are asking for N20m and where will the family get that kind of money. That is part of the societal problems, and we are asking the stakeholders to quickly expose and not to give them a cover.

On the abduction of the Senator, the CP said ” We are very much on top of the situation. Care must be taken to protect his life in the first instance. We must not do anything that would jeopardise his life, a lot has been done, we are observing some restraints so that he is not killed and to ensure his perpetrators are brought to book”

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