Police Nab 6 Cultists Over Ukanafun Scribe Murder
The Nigeria Police Force, Akwa Ibom State Command, has arraigned six cult members including former transition committee chairman, Bar. Abasiono Jackson Udomfu, before an Ukanafun Magistrate court for murder in connection with the gruesome murder of former Ukanafun transition secretary, Obong Ime Willie Atakpa.
The late secretary and his political associate, Akaninyene Udo Aka, were shot dead by hired assassins on 16th April, 2017, Easter Sunday, at about 9:30am at his poultry farm in his village, Ikot Udo-Obobo Ukanafun LGA.
In a statement signed by the command’s public relations officer, DSP Chukwu Ikechukwu, the death of Atakpa was cult related as he was caught in a cross fire of the Ice land cult.
The police said their investigation revealed that the transition chairman allegedly ordered his personal assistant, PA, to organize members of the Ice-Land cult to eliminate the secretary.
The statement reads in part: “Six of the principal suspects Godknows Sampson Udoudo alias Archor, Head/Executioner ‘m’; Godwin Daniel Ikpe a.k.a One-Man-Chop ‘m’; Aniefiok Eseme Etukudo ‘m’ alias Barbeach –Archor Head; Saturday Etim Isong a.k.a saty ‘m’; Akaninyene Sunday Iwok ‘m’ and Ekere Friday Joseph ‘m’ were picked up by detectives from their various hideouts mainly in Port Harcourt.
They have all been arraigned at the Chief Magistrate Court, Ukanafun for conspiracy and the murder of the secretary and his political associate.
Post-mortem examination reports confirmed that the duo died of gunshot wounds.
“Meanwhile, the Akwa Ibom State Police Command has intensified efforts to track down the fleeing principal members of the group namely Akaninyene Jumbo Uko alias Iso-Akpafi the owner and custodian of the group’s firearms, Sunny Inanki ‘m’ and Englishman, all of who participated actively in the planning, monitoring and eventual killing of the secretary and his political associate.
“The Caretaker Transition Chairman of Ukanafun Local Government Council, Akwa Ibom State, Barrister Abasiono Jackson Udomfu and six other principal accomplices have been arraigned at the Chief Magistrate Court Ukanafun for the murder of the secretary of Ukanafun Local Government Council, Obong Ime Willie Atakpa ‘m’ alias strong.”
The police statement further called on law abiding and public spirited individuals to always avail the Police with information that will be useful in carrying out its statutory duties in order to achieve the primary objective of making the state safe for her citizenry and visitors alike.
It will be recalled that Akwa Ibom recently recorded a low crime index and the Police and other security agencies are working assiduously to keep the crime profile as low as possible.
SOURCE: GLOBAL PILOT NEWSPAPER