6 Sep

…. Victim’s mother cries out


Written by

David Emma



The mother of 26 year old late Faith Udoh, a graduate ofAkwa Ibom State college of Education Afaha Nsit, Mrs. Catherine Udoh has cried out for assistance to make the killers of her daughter face justice. In an interview with news men in Uyo, Mrs Udoh said the police have refused to invite the alleged sponsors of Yusuf Salihu who allegedly killed her daughter, Faith on the 21st December 2010 for investigation.


Mrs Udoh recapped that Faith was picked up by Mr Salihu believed to work as a military intelligence officer in Governor’s office Uyo with the lies that her school was conducting screening for the issuance of certificates to graduates on that fateful day but she did not return back. Her mutilated body was later found at just the same spot the   late Octogenarian, Mrs Philomena Udonwa was found dead at Ikot Nyah close to the Country home of Air Commodore (retired)Idiongesit Nkanga; and where the Ikot Nyah Police Station is located. Mrs Udonwa killed after herSingapore based son and then gubernatorial hopeful did not immediately pay a staggering ransom demanded by her kidnappers.


According to an impeccable source, there are strong indications that high-profile interests have been generated in the case since Mr Salihu fingered some government officials whom he alleged were bankrolling his alleged killing spree. In all those fingered and invited by the Zone 6 police command in Calabar, only Sunny Ibanga, a government official appeared before the police investigation panel in Calabar, where he was said to have ditched out the sum N15 million to Inspector Kahyinde, the IPO through his lawyer, one Imo-Owo Okpokpo Esq. The rest of them, such as Chief Anietie Etuk (former Speaker of the State House of Assembly), Don Etim, Commissioner for Works, Ibanga Akpabio, (a brother to Gov. Akpabio) have refused to appear before the police for investigation. It is not clear why the police have not gone for their arrest as required by law.


Twist in the case


Mrs Udoh disclosed that the police in Calabar surreptitiously transferred the case to the Uyo Magistrate court without her knowledge. She was only lucky that her lawyer was in the magistrate court to defend another client when the case was called; and to his   surprise, he saw Inspector Kahyinde, the IPO, Salihu and his attorney. “…It was my lawyer that saw them in Uyo Magistrate court and told me. They want me to stay away in court at least for two or three days so that the case will be struck out. That is one of their strategies.’’ Mrs Udoh averred.


A close source to the police disclosed that prior to this; Kahyinde requested from poor Mrs. Udoh the sum of N30, 000 if not he will release Yusuf. Unknown to him the conversation between him and her was being recorded by Mrs. Udoh.


However, the police are yet to unravel the mystery behind the rational of Salihu’s murder of his late girl friend, Faith. But according to the attorney to Mrs Udoh, Barr Mfon Ben, it seemed that the late Faith must have witnessed a hideous crime committed by Salihu which made him to kill her in order to wipe out all traces of evidence. “I think there is a heinous crime Yusuf Salihu committed that he was afraid that Faith might have one day put in the open” Mr Ben posited.


Mrs Udoh has however; called on the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) human right organisations to come to her aids as pressure has began to mount on her from some powerful forces to abandon the case. Yet, she is strongly eager to see the killers of her daughter face justice.


It will be recalled that barely four days after the death of Faith, Inspector Asu, the IPO who initially handled her case was run over and killed by government joint and military and police task force christened “ADUMA”. No news has been head after the police officer was killed as he received statement from Salihu.


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