INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu

Thugs suspected to be cultists have kidnapped a personnel of the Independent National Electoral Commission serving in Ukanafun area of Akwa Ibom state.

It was gathered that the victim, one Otobong Sylvester Ukpong, was abducted on Tuesday morning while going to work.

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The incident was said to have occurred near the Government Primary School, Oruk Ata2 along the Ukanafun-Azumini expressway.

“My brother was kidnapped at Uruk Ata2, in the morning hours of Tuesday, June 5, 2018, on his way to work in his office at Ukanafun Local Government Area office of INEC,” the victim’s brother, Mbetobong Sylvester Ukpong, told reporters.

He said his brother’s captors have contacted the family, and are demanding N10 million as ransom.

“They used my brother’s phone number to call the family to disclose their ransom before they release him, but the elders of the family have told them such demand is outrageous for a largely peasant family to pay,” he added.

The police have yet to comment on the matter.