Gov. Akpabio: In Search Of Scapegoats in the United State.

25 Apr

Akpbio hunting innocent people in US

Written By Eno Adams

In the last few days, several headlines in Nigerian newspapers have
reported on a grant of application by a US federal court in the state of
Georgia instituted by Gov. Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State against
two US based
indigenes of the Akwa Ibom state, Messrs Thompson Essien and Nicholas
Edet and their
organization, Ibibio People’s Union (IPU). According to an Uyo based Weekly
Insight newspaper published last Sunday, the two gentlemen are asked
to “produce
documents and information, and to provide sworn testimonies, relating to
criminal investigations into their activities in the United States and Akwa
Ibom State” regarding March 22, 2011 violence that claimed twelve lives and
caused “extensive” damage to property in the state including the state
campaign headquarters of President Jonathan. The motivation of the state
governor is clear as summarized in this report’s headline: Akpabio Tackles
Opposition Forces Abroad… For him it is worth spending millions of dollars
of the people’s money to chase shadows instead of investing in
people-oriented programs.

The event of March 22, 2011 was a disaster waiting to happen. The public
was aware of it, names were named and some of them are still on the
Akwa Ibom state government
payroll. The state Director of State Security Service (SSS) was notified of
it ahead of it eight days earlier yet he did nothing to abort the disaster.

In a letter dated March 14, 2011, Bar. Francis EFanga, had predicted just
eight days before then. in the letter to the State Director of State
Security Service (SSS) based on instructions of his clients, [Our
instructions are that] “the Peoples Democratic Party (hereinafter called,
“the PDP”) led government of Governor Godswill Akpabio in AKWA IBOM STATE
has turned mere political campaigns into a harvest of bloodshed.
Until the
flag off of the ACN Campaigns on Wednesday the 9th of March 2011, there was
relative peace in Akwa Ibom State, save for the sporadic incidents of
kidnappings, assassinations and armed robberies which have been the feature
of the State since 2008. That condition enabled the PDP to launch her
campaigns freely and without molestation in several Local Government Areas
of the State.” He added, “The PDP and the government suddenly turned
violent and accentuated the worsened state of insecurity in Akwa Ibom State,
once the ACN joined the race.”

That letter directly implicated the former military administration to the
state, retired Air Commodore Indongesit Nkanga who was the director general
of Akpabio’s re-election campaign. “Following the unprecedented crowd that
showed support to the ACN at the flag off, a jittery Governor Godswill
Akpabio telephoned the Director General of his re-election campaign, the
former military Administrator of the State, Air CommodoreIdongesit Nkanga and
chided him for misleading the PDP and the Governor himself that the ACN had
no support in the State…

At the end, they both reasoned that they had lost
the forthcoming election and that the only way to stem off defeat was to
kill the ACN Governorship candidate, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe.”

When Sen. Akpanudoedehe and ACN campaign train arrived Ikot Ekpene to
address supporters they were ambushed. With ACN and Sen. Akpanudoedehe
supporters
were killed, a chain re-action followed. That started what the state
governor now crosses the Ocean several thousands of miles away to chase
down his number one critics to “depose” them in the United States in a
matter they had nothing to do with it. The letter to the state director of
SSS warned of many hotspots including Ikot Ekpene where the violent ambush s
tarted.

Posted below is a copy of the letter posted on different fora
including the Ibom_Forum on
Tuesday March 15, 2011. Please pay particular attention to the outline
titled: IKOT EKPENE, ESSIEN UDIM, IKA, ORUK ANAM AND UKANAFUN LOCAL
GOVERNMENT AREAS.

When you are done with reading this letter, make your own conclusion as to
who really masterminded the event of March 22, 2011 and who should have
been investigated and prosecuted long time ago.

Eno Adams

FRANCIS EFFANGA & CO.

Chancery Solicitors

LEGAL PRACTITIONERS & NOTARIES

London Office: Camberwell Church St. London Se5 8tr Mobile:0956440706.
Office: 01714805516.Fax: 01717080770

London Office: Bungalow `B’ Crest Garden, 11 BolodekuCresent. Dideolu
Court, Ogba – Ikeja. Phone: 01-8536571,08023001711

14th March 2011

Our Ref: ACN. FEC. O1. 03. 2011

ORIGINATING OFFICE : LAGOS.

THE STATE DIRECTOR,

STATE SECURITY SERVICES,

UYO – AKWA IBOM STATE.

Dear Sir,

THE VIOLENCE AND CONTINUING DETERIORATION OF SECURITY AHEAD OF 2011
ELECTION IN AKWA IBOM STATE.

We are Solicitors to the ACTION CONGRESS OF NIGERIA inAkwa Ibom State
hereinafter called “The ACN” a party registered with the INDEPENDENT
NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION, INEC.

Our instructions are that the Peoples Democratic Party (hereinafter called,
“the PDP”) led government of GovernorGodswill Akpabio in AKWA IBOM STATE
has turned mere political campaigns into a harvest of bloodshed.

Until the flag off of the ACN Campaigns on Wednesday the 9th of March 2011,
there was relative peace in Akwa Ibom State, save for the sporadic
incidents of kidnappings, assassinations and armed robberies which have
been the feature of the State since 2008.

That condition enabled the PDP to launch her campaigns freely and without
molestation in several Local Government Areas of the State.

The PDP and the government suddenly turned violent and accentuated the
worsened state of insecurity in Akwa IbomState, once the ACN joined the
race.

Following the unprecedented crowd that showed support to the ACN at the
flag off, a jittery Governor Godswill Akpabiotelephoned the Director
General of his re-election campaign, the former military Administrator of
the State, Air CommodoreIdongesit Nkanga and chided him for misleading the
PDP and the Governor himself that the ACN had no support in the State.

At the end, they both reasoned that they had lost the forthcoming election
and that the only way to stem off defeat was to kill the ACN Governorship
candidate, Senator John JamesAkpanudoedehe.

This they did, in spite of the unambiguous warning of President Jonathan to
them that he did not want to become President on the blood of Nigerians.

We are instructed further that, so much blood of Akwa Ibompeople have been
spilled by the government in the State already.

This is the satanic plan that must not be trivialized on the altar of proof.

The two conspirators would deny this in public but we are instructed to
inform you that this plan must not be allowed to blossom. It must be nibbed in
the bud.

We are further instructed that unless this is done, anarchy and a bloody
revolution would be inevitable.

Indeed, the Government refused the ACN the use of the UYO township stadium,
the venue of PRESIDENT Jonathan’s campaign less than 48 hours before. Only
the firm intervention of the State Director of the State Security Services
convinced Governor Akpabio to allow the use of the stadium. But in all
other campaigns of the ACN in the Local Government Areas in the State, the
party is denied designated State venues as would be shown hereunder.

So far the party would avoid confrontation and opt for less advertising
venues. The resistance of the ACN in the IbionoIbom Local Government Area
of the State led to violent confrontation which was only resolved by very
responsible policing by the State police command led by a very respectable
police commissioner Mr. Sanni Magaji. The police commissioner has issued
signals to police commands in the State to offer the parties a level
playing field, but this is severely spurned by the government and the
ruling party which continues to deny the ACN designated campaign venues
duly applied for. The government has fouled the political air and simply
will not condone a smooth ACN rally in the Local Government Areas of the
State.

ETIM EKPO LOCAL GOVERNMNET AREA

We are instructed that in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area, the ACN
congregated to open a new secretariat of the party at about 12 noon on the
11th of March 2011 in UTU NSEHE/ABAT boundary both in WARD 1 of the Local
Government Area.

The intention of the party was to hoist the flag of the party and plant
their sign board on the office.

The party’s candidate for the Abak Federal Constituency Mr. UDUAKOBONG OKPO
of ABAT Town was there.

So was the State Security Services officer attached to Etim EkpoLocal
Government Area and other party faithfuls.

As the ceremony kicked off, several youths emerged from the house of Mr.
Emmanuel Enoidem, the Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development in the
government of Governor Godwill Akpabio, a few metres away, with guns, axes,
sticks, matchetes, hammers, knives, bottles and other violent weapons and
ran down to the gathering. Among them was NSIMA IBANGA, the PDP CHAPTER
CHAIRMAN in ETIM EKPO. They began to matchet the ACN supporters, beat up on
them, shoot and hit them with hammer.

Many ran away but some stood their grounds and resisted.

Many are at the point of death now.

Soon arrived soldiers of the Nigerian Army, said to be guarding a SETRACO
construction site nearby.

The soldiers ordered away the ACN supporters claiming they received a phone
call that ACN was hoisting the flag and putting up their sign board on the
commissioner’s house.

When the ACN officers explained to the soldiers that they were
commissioning their office and pointed out the commissioner’s house to the
soldiers, the soldiers asked them to continue their ceremony and stood back
to provide them with security.

At the end of the meeting, everybody including the soldiers left for home.

But at 2 am the following day, men dressed in mobile police uniform and
armed with Ak 47 riffles raided the ACN office. They shot randomly. When
one ESANG UKO, the PRESIDENT OF ABAT Town Youths woke up to find out what
was happening, he saw the following indigenes of UTU NSEHE village:

1.NSIMA IBANGA (PDP WARD 1 CHAIRMAN ) and

2. IMEH IMEH IDUNG among the raiders .

He also saw the following indigenes of ABAT Town:

1.Mr. UWEM OTU

2. UDUAK EMMZASON and

3 OKPONGETE EKURIKPA amongst them.They shot ESSANG UDOFA who pointed his
touch light at them for ESANG UKO to see. The bullet ripped through his
shoulders. He was rushed to hospital that same morning. They then removed
the flag and signboard of the ACN and carried them away.

Our further instruction is that Commissioner ENOIDEM had always maintained
that the ACN should never attempt to hoist its flag or plant a signed board
in that village.

He warned the village head, chief SUNDAY HAM UDOAKA ( alias AKPAN AHAM)
that the day that happened, he would pull down the flag, kill those who did
and burn down the house where it was hoisted.

The PDP and government functionaries enjoy the free rein because even the
authority of the police in the area has been denuded.

We are instructed that the nearest police station is in front of the house
of Rtd DIG Udom Ekpoudom who of course caused it to be established.

Our information is that he is a core loyalist of GovernorGodswill Akpabio and
had instructed that the police should not receive any report from the ACN.

Accordingly, formal report from the ACN could only be “smuggled” into the
police file and never freely.

As at the time of our instructions, commissioner Enoidem has already rushed
to lodge a report on the incident against the ACN, at the said police
station of course.

Unless your hallowed office makes a determined effort to track down the
culprits in this instruction therefore, there is no doubt that the
elections in Akwa Ibom State as would also be noted in the under listed
Local Government Areas would be a full blown war.

IBIONO IBOM LOCAL GOVERNMNET AREA

Our instruction in this Local Government Area are that in the course of the
campaigns, the PDP led by MR. Bassey Albert, the commissioner for Finance,
Akwa Ibom State, visited IKPANYA WARD 11 IBIONO IBOM Local Government Area
and held a meeting with his party faithfuls in a primary school thereat.

The PDP WARD 11 Chairman there, one OKON AKPAFIN informed the commissioner
in his speech on the occasion that the IKPANYA ward 11 always enjoyed a one
party status but that the WARD CHAIRMAN of the ACN MR. OFONIME MARK
formerly of the PDP had brought in the ACN, into the WARD. He then asked
the commissioner to counsel on how best to deal with that situation. The
commissioner in response, instructed that anybody who convened a meeting of
the ACN ,should be stoned to death and that the government would handle the
consequences .

The ACN WARD 11 CHAIRMAN, OFONIME MARK heard this clearly because he lived
just by the school and the loudspeaker used was really blaring ,

He further heard the commissioner add that if he (OfonimeMark) came out on
the day of the election, he should be arrested.

Our information is that the commissioner is already very antagonistic to
the ACN WARD CHAIRMAN for soon after that visit he accused the ACN WARD
CHAIRMAN of sending him a threat message, an accusation which was meant to
lay the foundation for his arrest even early.

It is our instruction that on the 11th of March 2011 when the ACN held its
campaign rally at Ikpa, Ibiono Ibom, in defiance of the government’s
refusal for them to use the venue, the commissioner, commissioned youths
with axes, matchets, bottle and guns to disrupt the rally.

The ACN ward 11 Chairman was stabbed all over with bottle and clubbed on
the head also.

He lives to tell the story only on account of the excellent intervention of
the police leadership earlier alluded to. Many were wounded and are
receiving treatment now in the hospital.

Our further information is that the commissioner is chasing one OMA
JEREMIAH a friend of the WARD 11 Chairman around with the police claiming
he destroyed the PDP campaign office at OKO ITA , the headquarters of the
Local Government Council Area.

That same day and at the same Oko Ita, one ARCHIBONG OKOKON EDET of the ACN
, an indigene of Ifa Atai village inUyo, became marooned from the convoy of
the ACN by some mechanical damage to his motor cycle. He stopped to repair
his cycle.

The PDP youths caught up with him and severely beat up on him.

They seized his motor cycle and phone and went away leaving him for death.
He survives to tell the story also courtesy of the gallantry of the State
police command.

The PDP mob led by Ikpongke Dan an indigene of MbiakpanAtan village in Ward
6 and Savior Uwa of Ikot Ada Idem village in Ward 5 of this Local
Government Area have vandalised the billboard of SEN. John Udoedehe, the
Governorship candidate of the ACN erected same day in that Ward 6.

ITU LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

Our information is that, PDP elements armed to the teeth prevented the ACN
rally at the Civic Centre in the Local Government Headquarters at Mbak-Atai
, Itu inspite of an earlier application for the venue.

To save lives, the ACN opted for a Church venue to hold their rally.

Our client instructs that this shall not always be so.

ABAK LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

Instruction from our client in this Local Government Area is that the PDP
has sown Mobile Police uniform and prospects to bring in kitted warriors
from Ika Local Government Area of the State reputed to have fought boundary
wars with the Igbos, to disrupt the ACN rally there.

This is expected to follow government’s refusal of any venue the ACN could
ask for.

Obviously, there shall be several loss of lives in this one.

Our client is afraid that she could be pushed to the wall here and what could
happen can only be imagined.

IKOT EKPENE, ESSIEN UDIM, IKA, ORUK ANAM AND UKANAFUN LOCAL GOVERNMENT
AREAS.

Our instructions in these Local Government Areas are that the PDP led by
Emmanuel Enoidem, the Commissioner for Housing and Urban Renewal, Sunday
Ibanga, the Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area PDP Chapter Chairman,

Nse Ntuen, the Essien Udim Local Government Council Chairman, and Etido
Inyang, Governor Akpabio’s Special Adviser on Technical matters, all of
PDP, have concluded plans to levy war against the ACN.

In a meeting held a few days before this instruction at Ukana, the
Governor’s village at Essien Udim Local Government Area, the parties agreed
to vote over #5billion naira in arms and ammunition to wage war against the
ACN in these Local Government Areas.

Here they do not want the ACN to campaign at all, even in alternative
venues.

Certainly, the Federal Republic of Nigeria must be interested in this.

Should this happen, our client ask, would the April elections still be
considered as elections?

ESIT EKET LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

We are instructed here that the Council Chairman, one MrVictor Bassey publicly
proclaimed to the delight of his guests, the wife of Governor Akpabio, the
paramout ruler and other dignitaries in a reception, that no other party
would be allowed to campaign in that local government area. This our client
says, is on video. He added that such would be considered a crime and
treated as such.

ORON LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

The Commissioner for Youth and Sports , one Oyong Asuquohas already warned
off the ACN campaign team.

At the burial of former Chairman of the PDP in Akwa IbomState, late Tony
Emenyi a few month’s ago, he successfully turned back the luxurious buses
and other vehicles directed by the former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Obong
Victor Attahto convey mourners to the venue.

They were apprehended, prevented from entering Oron town at the Uyo – Oron road
in Akwa Ibom State by men instructed by Commissioner Asuquo.

They were assaulted, raided, robbed and were forced back.

Commissioner Oyong vows to repeat this on the day the ACN campaigns at Oron.

CONCLUSION

Our client’s final instruction is that the activities of the PDP and her
government in Akwa Ibom State are clearly calculated to overawe the State.
They are lawless, reckless, and bloodthirsty.They have no love for the
people of Akwa Ibom and would do anything to keep power. Nothing, not even
life would be so sacred to prevent their cravings..

Surely, no free and fair election can take place under this atmosphere.

Our client is aware that under the Electoral Act, the INEC has powers to
void elections in violent areas.

However, this will be grossly unfair to parties who are victims of violence
particularly in areas they are popular.

We are therefore under instructions to ask that you apprehend all violent
elements in government and place them under security watch.

The ACN must not be allowed to be pushed to the wall and tempted to react
in kind.

Moreover, the party may not be able to rein in supporters who could no
longer tolerate the excesses of the PDP and her government.

Our final instructions are that we ask and we do hereby ask that all venues
the ACN ask to use for campaigns be completely secured for use of the
party, by all the security agencies in Nigeria, particularly where the PDP
herself had used the venues, and that adequate security be provided for all
parties equally and fairly in the campaigns.

It is certainly not fair to assign the governor and his aides a platoon of
security while assigning light security to our client’s supporters and
encouraging them to resort to their own devices.

Our client sends you her warmest regards.

For Francis Efanga & Co
Francis Efanga

Eno Adams, San Francisco, USA

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