By Umoh-Obong Kingsley
The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Police, CP Don Awunah, has cleared the air concerning the news publications that the state Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, granted amnesty to cultists in the state as allegedly quoted by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO).
CP Awunah, while addressing journalists on Friday at the Godswill Akpabio Hall, Ikot Akpan Abia, Uyo, said that PPRO was quoted out of context in some social media platform.
“It is instructive to mention at this juncture that at no time was the issue of amnesty to cult groups contemplated by security agencies. The Akwa Ibom State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) was quoted out of context in some social media platform regarding the suspects in this case. Members of secret cults are welcome to publicly renounce their membership of these fraternities.
However, a criminal’s crooked motive or motives in committing a crime is not an excuse or does it vitiate the offence. In Akwa Ibom State, a criminal must have his day of reckoning in a competent court of jurisdiction.”
The state police boss reiterated the Command’s commitment in continued partnership with other security agencies and all law abiding citizens of the state to eliminate all forms of crime and criminalities.
“We wish to continually appreciate useful information from members of the public on criminals and their activities. I therefore seize this medium to call on all well meaning persons in the state to see themselves as stakeholders in the fight against crime as development in all spheres of life can only thrive in a society where crime is reduced to its lowest ebb.
“The command is indeed grateful to the Akwa Ibom State Government for the logistic support and making protection of lives and property a topmost priority. The state government has also ensured that law enforcement is given the desired attention throughout the state.
“On our part as law enforcement practitioners, we are irrevocably committed to rendering quality services to the good people and residents of Akwa Ibom State in line with the vision of the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Kpotun Idris.” Awunah stated.
He further stressed that the four suspects arrested in connection with the murder of Ukanafun Local Government Council Secretary, Obong Ime Willie Atakpa, and his political associate, Akaninyene Udo Aka, have been charged to court for conspiracy and murder, saying that efforts are still ongoing to arrest the fleeing suspects and recover the weapons used in the dastardly act.
Describing as a premeditated assassination, Awunah said: “On Easter Sunday, 16th April 2017, at about 0930hrs, four armed men with two motorcycles, went to the poultry farm of Obong Ime Willie Atakpa, the Secretary of Ukanafun Local Government Council at Ikot Udo Obodo village, and shot him dead.
“The four armed men namely Godwin Daniel Ikpe alias One Man Chop, Aniefiok Eseme Etukudo alias Barbeach-Archor, Saturday Etim Isong alias Saty, and English-man, were arrested at different locations in Port Harcourt on 22, 23 and 24 May 2017 respectively and they all confessed to the crime, mentioning the Caretaker Committee Chairman of Ukanafun LGA, Barr. Abasiono Jackson Udomfu, as their sponsor.”
Other suspects arrested in connection with the crime include Akaninyene Sunday Iwok (34 years), Aniedi Okon Udosen (32 years) and Ekere Friday Joseph.
Items recovered from the suspects include one handset belonging to the deceased Ukanafun scribe, late Obong Ime Atakpa, and one red coloured Qlink 125 motorcycle.