166 Suspected Thugs Camped At Akwa Ibom Police Conference Hall
By Idongesit Ashameri, Uyo |
The 166 Suspected thugs arrested on their way from Edo State to Akwa Ibom State ahead of the Saturday governorship and house of assembly elections are currently cooling their heels in the conference hall of the police headquarters, Ikot Akpan Abia, Uyo.
The suspected thugs who almost fill the hall to its capacity were secured by some men of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), including Supol Idorenyin Akpabio, cousin to Senator Godswill Akpabio.
The buses they were intercepted with were also seen parked behind the conference hall of the police headquarters, Ikot Akpan Abia.
Our correspondent reports that the suspected thugs, arrested on Tuesday night at Obot Akara, Akwa Ibom State, with manifest bearing names, phone numbers and their next of kin, confessed to have been mobilized by Tony Kabaka, a known thug who works with and for the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole.
Judging from the threats recently issued by the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole during a presidential thanksgiving visit in the state, many suspect the intention of the thugs to have been to cause havoc, attack government and other installations to create artificial crisis in the state and cause a postponement of the elections.
Independent reports that Oshiomhole had, during the visit to the state, vowed in very strong terms to deploy everything at his party’s disposal to ensure his party, the APC comes out victorious during Saturday’s polls in the state.
For this, many suspect the thugs were contracted by the APC National Chairman on behalf of the Akwa Ibom State chapter of the APC as part of the strategy adopted by the party after Monday’s Town hall meeting in Uyo and a close door meeting held at Akpabio’s country home on Monday night which was attended by the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbanjo.
The thugs were said to have departed Benin in the early hours of Tuesday, enroute Uyo, and were intercepted at the Obot Akara boundary axis of the Ikot Ekpene/Umuahia expressway, and taken to Uyo by security forces where they are currently camped at the police headquarters.
Efforts to speak with the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Odiko Mcdon failed as calls, text messages and chats sent to his phone line were not responded to. A visit to his office also met his absence.