By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) incharge of Zone 6, Usman Sule Gomna has ordered the Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom State to carry out a discrete investigation into the abduction of Senator Nelson Effiong and Dr. Nsidibe Umana.
AIG Gomna gave the order on Friday while responding to a request by the Chairman of the State Branch of the Nigeria Medical Association, Dr Ime Sylvester Udoh during a meeting with security stakeholders in the state who had raised the alarm over the abduction of the medical doctor.
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 being 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 Ex-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 will jeopardise his life, a lot has been done, we are observing some restraints so that he is not killed and his perpetrators brought to book.”
Nelson Effiong, a former Senator representing Akwa Ibom South Senatorial District was abducted on Sunday September 5, 2021 while relaxing in his sit-out, along Oron Road, Uyo while Nsidibe Umana, a medical doctor was abducted in his compund in Orukanam local government area of the state in Tuesday September 14, 2021.
A source from Senator Effiong’s family disclosed that his abductors are demanding N200 million as ransome to free the kidnapped Senator.