The Nigeria Police

The Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Cross River chapter, Mr Ben Ukpepi, has regained freedom from his abductors.

Ukpepi, who was released on Sunday evening after being in captivity for six days, was kidnapped from his CROSPIL Estate residence in Akpabuyo local government area of Cross River, near Calabar.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Irene Ugbo, confirmed the release of the NLC chairman in a telephone interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Calabar.

Ugbo said the Labour leader was released by a combined team of security agencies in the state.

According to her, the Chairman was currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in Calabar.

However, the Police Spokesperson did not disclose if any ransom was paid for his release, but added that he was released unhurt.

“As we speak, the Chairman of NLC was released last night. He is currently receiving medication in a hospital in Calabar,” she said.

Also speaking on the latest development, Permanent Secretary on Security in Governor’s Office, Dr Alfred Mboto, told NAN that the Chairman was released unhurt.

On his part, the State Security Adviser for Southern Cross River, Mr Ani Esin, said that Ukpepi was released through the combined efforts of government and security agencies in the state.


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