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Gov Akpabio’s driver kidnapped

By Tony Nyong
UYO — The chief driver to Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Joe Frank, has been kidnapped, with N100 million ransom placed on his head by the abductors.

His kidnap comes barely three days after the burial of Dr. Justin Edet, a surgeon, whose corpse was found in a bush behind the Idongesit Nkanga State Secretariat, Uyo, two weeks after he was kidnapped.

The governor’s driver, a Police Inspector, was said to have been abducted in neighbouring Abia State where he had traveled to procure some spare parts from Coscharis Company.

Akpabio in USA

While the governor is said to have traveled to the United States of America, USA, on the entourage of the Acting President, Mr. Goodluck Johnathan, who is attending the Nuclear Security Summit, the whereabouts of the kidnapped driver is yet to be ascertained at press time.

A source told Vanguard that because of the absence of the governor, not much effort may have been made to secure the driver’s freedom, even as his family had been left in a state of despair.

Akwa Ibom State Police Commissioner, Mr.Walter Rugbere, told journalists in a telephone conversation that although he was not in the state, the State Police Command had been informed of the development.

Abia Police confirm report

Abia State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Jonathan Johnson, who spoke on phone with Vanguard, said   “we are aware of the incidence; they kidnapped him. I was in Abuja when I heard about it, and we have not got in touch with the family.

“From all indications, they must have trailed him from somewhere and we believe that he must have been taken to another state. I do not have any information as to the whereabouts of the kidnap victim.”


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