Akwa Ibom gov’s former aide attacked by robbers, not assassins …

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Tunde Ajaja

The Chief Press Secretary and Senior Special Assistant on Media to Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, Ekerete Udoh, says police report has indicated that the attack on a former aide to the governor, Mr. Mfon Udeme, was by armed robbers and not by assassins.

Udoh said in a statement on Friday that the clarification came from the state Police Commissioner, Mr. Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi.

Udoh said the clarification became necessary given the “wild and unsubstantiated assertions” made by the All Progressives Congress caucus chairman in the state, Chief Don Etiebet, in an attempt to “politicise the sad and unfortunate robbery incident.”

The statement partly read, “As soon as the news of the attack broke, the Commissioner of Police was contacted and he revealed that a report of an armed robbery attack was duly documented and further investigations were ongoing.

“Our findings revealed that Udeme was previously attacked at the same location while he served as the Special Assistant to the Governor on Electoral Matters and this was properly documented as well.

“When this attack occurred, the APC was not blamed for the attack or maliciously accused as the mastermind of an assassination attack. We know this is a political season and thus, people of low character and morals would attempt to politicise every incident and try to draw political capital out of such incidents.

“We advise them to stop engaging in unnecessary futile political expeditions using security as a layer of narrative. Akwa Ibom State is peaceful and safe and even the majority of the APC members have openly attested to this. We wish Mfon Udeme speedy recovery from his injuries, while the police are looking for the culprits responsible for the reported attack.”

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