Senator Patrick Ani Released from Kidnappers’ Den

  • As police arrest armed robbery suspect

Bassey Inyang in Calabar

Third Republic Senator, Patrick Ani, has been released from the den of kidnappers.

He was released on Sunday night and has long reunited with his family members.

However, it could not be ascertained as to whether or not any ransom was paid for his release to those who abducted him early this month.

Ani, who represented Cross River South Senatorial District on the platform of the defunct National Republican Convention (NRC) in the Third Republic, was kidnapped in Calabar on Wednesday, July 6.

Ani who is the younger brother of Nigeria’s former finance minister under the administration of General Sani Abacha, Anthony Ani, authors the “Forth Force,” a discussion on current issues in Nigerian politics and nation building, which is published periodically in several national newspapers.

Commenting on his release, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Jimoh Ozi Obeh, confirm that Ani has been released by those who kidnapped him.

The commissioner, however, declined to comment on how Ani regained his freedom from the kidnappers.

When contacted on phone about his release, Ani said:” I don’t want to grant any interview on this matter.”

In another development, the police in the state have arrested an armed robber who is a member of a gang that robbed some shops located on Marian Road recently.

Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the state, Irene Ugbo, disclosed that the suspect was arrested at the weekend after he and members of his gang engaged members of the State Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in a shoot-out at Atekong Drive.