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Abductors of A’Ibom INEC staff reduce ransom to N.5m

Suspected militants, who kidnapped one Otobong Ukpong, an official of the
Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Akwa Ibom, have reduced
their ransom demand to N.5million, it was learnt yesterday.
The INEC staff was seized by armed hoodlums last week at the volatile Uruk Ata 2,
portion of the Ekparakwa-Azumini federal highway, on his way to work at
Ukanafun Local Government Area office of INEC.
They had earlier demanded for N10million at the initial negotiations, but
yesterday, a senior family member, who declined his name in print, said the
militants have crashed the amount to N.5million, but insisted “we can only afford
Speaking to Journalists on phone from Iwukem village in Etim Ekpo Local
Government Area, where the victim hails from, another member of the family
confirmed “negotiation to release him is ongoing”.
“In the last discussion we had with them through my brother’s (Otobong’s)
phone, the militants had reduced the initial ransom of N10million to N.5million
and we are still negotiating to what we can afford." He explained.
The Commissioner of Police, CP, Mr. Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi, said a combined
security operatives comprising the Police, Navy, Soldiers and the Department of
State Services, DSS, had since been unleashed to track down the suspects with a
view to releasing their captives.
He explained that ground operations to apprehend the criminals were being
“hampered by difficult terrain and lack of equipment”, but assured the people
that “security agencies were working to restore peace in the troubled
communities of Etim Ekpo and Ukanafun”.

In the same vein, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Odiko Macdon
Ogbeche, said efforts were being intensified by security agencies to dislodge the
hoodlums from the affected areas.
Ogbeche however said that no suspect has been arrested in connection with the
crime so far.

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