Gunmen abduct retired school principal, demand ransom

Gunmen have kidnapped a retired secondary school principal, Ezekiel Paul at his country home, Ikot Abasi Akpan in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area of the Akwa Ibom State, as the abductors were said to be demanding for ransom as at the time of this report.

Penpushing reports that the victim’s brother and archbishop of the African Church, Uyo province, Augustine Ikat, the kidnappers has earlier contacted family and initially demanded N20 million, but later on Wednesday the victim’s daughter and reduced the ransom to N5 million.

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The Akwa Ibom Police Command Public Relations Officer Timfon John, confirmed the incident but denied knowledge of ransom demand by the kidnappers, stressing that the police were doing everything possible to ensure the release of the victim.

Penpushing further reports that residents of Ekpene Ukpa Road – stretching from Ekparakwa in Oruk Anam Local Government Area through Mkpat Enin Local Government to Etinan Local Government Area are living in fear due to the activities of kidnappers in the area.

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