Principal of Akwa Ibom school who was kidnapped has been freed

The retired school principal, Akparawa Ezekiel Paul, who was kidnapped from his home in Ikot Abasi Akpan, Mkpat Enin Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, was successfully freed after spending a week in captivity.

Akwa Ibom State police spokesman, ASP Timfon John, confirmed that Akparawa Ezekiel Paul was freed unharmed and has been reunited with his family.

The victim’s elder brother, Arch-Bishop Augustine Paul Akpan of the African Church Nigeria, revealed that Akparawa Ezekiel Paul was released on Saturday morning by the kidnappers.
He expressed gratitude to the police and all those who offered prayers during the challenging period, ensuring the safe return of his brother.

During the successful rescue operation, the police also apprehended the kingpin of the abduction syndicate, known as “Taller,” along with other gang members notorious for causing terror in the region.

Reports indicate that the gang operated from various cells located in Ikot Abasi Akpan, Ikot Obio Nso, Ndon Eyo, Ndon Utim, and nearby villages along the Ekparakwa-Etinan highway, where they would conceal victims until ransoms were paid for their release.

While it’s uncertain whether the negotiated ransom amount, initially set at N20 million but reduced to N5 million by the abductors, was paid to secure Akparawa Ezekiel Paul’s freedom, his family remains grateful for his safe rescue and reintegration.

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