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Etim Ekpo Stakeholders, Indigenes Warns Fmr Akwa Ibom Commissioner Enoidem Over Reps Member Emmanuel Ekon

The stakeholders and Indigenes of Etim Ekpo have warned Fmr Akwa Ibom Commissioner Enoidem to desist henceforth from further assault, harassment and intimidation of their son and Reps member Emmanuel Ekon.

Rising from a meeting that was convened by Obong and Utit Annang Clans, comprising clan heads, village heads, clergy, elders, women and youths held at Iwukem Primary School to discuss the security situation facing parts of Etim Ekpo, the stakeholders condemned in strongest terms, the the physical assault meted out to their son by Emmanuel Enoidem.

The statement said: we are highly worried over the killings and destruction of properties in recent times in our locality which has claimed over 32 lives including that of the village head of Abak Obong, Chief Bassey Ikpaisong and his brother Mr. Fred Ikpaisong and other well-placed persons.
“That more worrisome is the fact that the situation is yet to be brought under control. About seven village heads, most of our elderly men and women have fled their domain and have resorted to seek refuge in safer grounds. Mostly affected are residents of Udianga Enem, Abak Obong villages and it’s environ”.

A cross section of the Elders

Expressing absolute confidence in the ability of the Government of Akwa Ibom State ably led by His Excellency, Deacon Udom Emmanuel and security agencies to bring the situation under control and bring perpetrators to book, “we condemn in strong terms an attempt by Barr. Emmanuel Enoidem in his recent interview on Planet Radio to disparage the office of the Inspector General of Police by referring to the investigation ordered by the IG into the killings in Etim Ekpo as sponsored”. They wondered why Enoidem whose village is not affected by the crises is disturbed by Police investigation, the statement added.

Reacting to the physical assault meted out to Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekon by Bar. Emmanuel Enoidem in an entertainment center in Uyo, on the 22nd of September, 2017, they warned Barr. Emmanuel Enoidem to desist from further treats, harassment, intimidation of our son in any form or manner henceforth.
“Let us place on record that arising from his treats, should anything happen to our son Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekon, we will hold Bar. Emmanuel Enoidem responsible”.
“We stand with the member representing Abak/EtimEkpo/Ika Federal Constituency, Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekon who forwarded the petition written by concerned village heads over the security situation in Etim Ekpo to the office of the Inspector General of Police for investigation in line with his core mandate”.

“We appeal to the Government of Akwa Ibom State to assist the office to the Inspector General of Police to carry out proper investigation so as to bring the culprits to book and urge government to thoroughly check the security background of person(s) before appointing them to positions of authority or allow them to vie for political offices to avoid a situation where cultists are made to be in positions of authority”.

We declare our unalloyed support to the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Government of Akwa Ibom State, the statement added.

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