Gunmen abduct INEC official in A’Ibom
– There was a pandemonium in A-Ibom community on Tuesday, June 5, as INEC official was kidnapped by unknown gunmen
– The victim fell into the trap of criminal when he was going to participate in the ongoing distribution of Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) to electorate
– The abductors that contacted the family of victim demanded N10 million as ransom for his release
An official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Otobong Sylvester Ukpong, has reportedly been kidnapped by gunmen near government primary school, Oruk Ata 2, on the Ukanfun-Azumini Expressway, Uyo.
The victim who was kidnapped on Tuesday, June 5, served in INEC office in Ukanafun local government, hails from Iwukem village in Etim Ekpo local government area of the state, Vanguard reports.
The victim’s brother, Mbetobong Sylvester Ukpong, said: “My brother was kidnapped at Uruk Ata 2, on Tuesday on his way to work at INEC office in Ukanafun.
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“Uruk Ata 2 is a volatile area. Militants have kidnapped four church elders, burnt houses and even killed about four people recently.”
He further explained that his brother, who is the last child of the family, was going to the office to participate in the ongoing distribution of Permanent Voter’s Cards, PVCs, to electorate.
While disclosing that the abductors have already made contact with the family, demanding N10 million as ransom for his release, he lamented that the family cannot afford such amount of money.
He added: “They contacted the family through my brother’s phone number. That is when they disclosed the ransom.