– Human rights lawyer and public defender, Barrister Inibehe Effiong, stands by his allegation that former governor of Akwa Ibom state, Godswill Akpabio, allegedly embezzled the states funds during his tenure as governor
– Effiong says a libel suit by Akpabio against him will afford him the opportunity to expose the alleged embezzlement by the former governor
– The lawyer states that Akwa Ibom people have been yearning for the day when Akpabio and his cohorts will render account of how they managed the state’s resources from 2007 – 2015
Human rights lawyer and public defender, Barrister Inibehe Effiong, has threatened to expose how the Senate minority leader and erstwhile governor of Akwa Ibom state, Senator Godswill Akpabio allegedly embezzled the states funds during his tenure as governor.
Effiong made the threat in a statement on Sunday, July 4, in reaction to a publication in the media credited to a media aide to the Godswill Akpabio, threatening to sue him over a statement on Facebook alleging that the former governor looted public funds during his administration.
NAIJ.com had earlier reported that Barrister Effiong alleged that the fund stolen by former was enough to fund the budget of neighbouring Ebonyi for two decades.
The lawyer has stood by his allegations, saying he was awaiting the lawsuit from Akpabio.
“My simple reaction to the threat by Akpabio is that a man who has no reputation cannot be heard to complain about defamation of character. Akpabio should be reminded that this is not the bloody era when he held Akwa Ibom state hostage as his personal fiefdom.
“I am particularly pleased with the decision by the man who publicly confessed to rigging election to sue me for insisting that Akwa Ibom funds were stolen during his regime. I stand by that statement and I also reiterate that the stolen funds could have funded the budgets of Ebonyi State for the next two to three decades.
“In the event that Akpabio decides to file a lawsuit, my 1st Defence Witness; If at all there would be anything to defend, would be no other person but Godswill Akpabio. I cannot wait to have Akpabio in the witness box for him to give evidence of how the resources of our people were stolen and looted,” he said.
Effiong stated that the case would afford him the opportunity to expose the alleged embezzlement by the former governor.
He said: “Let Akpabio hire 100 Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) together with 1000 other lawyers, the truth will prevail in the end over criminal shenanigans and falsehood. Goliath was brought down, conquered, defeated and thoroughly disgraced by David.
“Akpabio should be ashamed of himself. The blood of innocent sons and daughters of Akwa Ibom State who were ma!med and killed under his watch will continue to haunt him.
The lawyer said whenever he received the summons from the Court, he would go on his knees “and glorify God Almighty for hardening the heart of the Pharoah of Akwa Ibom State in order for him to jump into the red sea”.
Effiong stated that the Akwa Ibom people have been yearning for the day when Akpabio and his cohorts would render account of how they managed their resources from 2007 – 2015.
Meanwhile, a civil society organization on Sunday, June 4, called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the minister of labour and productivity Chris Ngige.
The Organization Advocates for Peace and Effective Justice Development Initiative (APEJDI) alleged that the minister purchased a property worth $922,600 (N334.68 million) in the United States of America.
In a petition to the chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, the group urged the agency to investigate the source of the money allegedly used to buy the US property by Ngige.
The petition which was signed by the national coordinator of the group Maxwell Alaeto said Ngige bought the property shortly after he left office as governor of Anambra state.
Alaeto said the property which was purchased on March 7, 2008, is located at 13910,Crest Hill Lane, Crest Hills Acres, Silver Spring, Montgomery county Maryland, United States.
In the video below, EFCC organised a march tagged ‘walk against corruption’ in the Federal Capital Territory.