Patrick Ani Released from Kidnappers’ Den

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A Third Republic Senator, Patrick Ani, has been released from the den of kidnappers. Ani was released on Sunday night and had long reunited with his family members. However, it could not ascertained as to whether 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 July 6. Ani, who is the younger brother of former finance minister under the administration of General Sani Abacha, Anthony Ani, authored the “Forth Force,” a discuss on current issues in Nigerian politics and nation building, which is published periodically on several national newspapers.

Commenting on his release, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Jimoh Ozi Obeh, confirmed that Ani had 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 whose 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.

She said the arrested robbery suspect who is now cooling his heels in a police cell has confessed that his gang carried out some of the robbery operations on Marian Road.