January 5th 2017, as at 02:29hrs, my wife received a call from an unknown caller whose identity was revealed as a police detective. As I ponder into more enquiry, an invitation of my presence was necessitated which I unpretentiously opted to honour after a modest phone conversation with them the following day. At this point, my invitation became an arrest which I duly obliged to avoid breach of law.
However, I want to unequivocally state clearly to all those concern and well wishers that the police invitation which later turned to be an arrest had no criminal undertone or breach of professional ethics. ” Any steps meant to thrust any great man must be intertwined by pitfalls and challenges which no man whatsoever status should expect absolution”
On the aforementioned, I am most grateful to the Almighty God for shading me under His umbrella of safety through grace. Despite the winds of negativity; God in His wondrous working power came down and caused the earth to shudder and its foundations crushed while the Angels stood still to defend and grant me freedom and security.
A very special gratitude goes to the PDP family for their undoubted show of love, unity and concern during my challenging three days in the police custody in Abuja.
I make bold to attest to the manifesting rare distinctive leadership exposition of the speaking Speaker of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke for his altruistic and patriotic trademark position.
I am indebted to the personality of the year, the Deputy Chief Whip / Member Representing Onna State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Hon. Otuekong Nse Essien ( Obong Unwanna); his unadulterated extension of kindheartedness, patriotism and inclined fund support deserves an ovational accolades. Permit me to also appreciate Rt. Hon. Usoro Akpanusoh Phd, for his mediating tactics and for funding my return ticket.
I am sincerely thankful to Dr. Linus Akpanim (godfather), My father Inlaw, Comrade Lincoln Charles; Hon. Barr. Bassey Dan Abia jnr; Hon. Enobong Harry; AKS PDP Youth Leader, Hon. Samuel Itama, Hon. Augustus Nkuseying, Akparawa Joseph Etangkanga and many more which space and time won’t permit mentioning. your tactical expertise disposition and constant words of encouragement and hope accorded my Angelic wife and kids during my absence symbolises your love for my family is real. I pray God will never allow you experience any incident that will hinder your joy.
It will be obviously incongruous should I omit to thank Engr. Daniel Attah for having accommodated and footed my bills, with joy I recognise men of men of the “fourth estate of the realm” led by Comrade Anietie Ekong; SA on media to the Senate minority leader distinguished Senator G.O. Akpabio CON, Hon. Essien Nduese; PA media to our principal Governor Udom Emmanuel, the firebrand human rights activist Barr. Inibehe Effiong for standing bold and displaying various professional atomic fire works which God approved and considered my freedom divine.
The articulated online media movements for my freedom led by Edet Edet; Publisher of Ireportersng, Ibom Reporters, Ibom Nation, Black Heritage publication, Premium times, Secret Reporters, Punch Newspaper, Esit Eket Frontline,Netreporters, AK-GRAMOV led by Comrade Edima Martins has resurrected in me the true spirit of journalism of which am marvelled by the hordes you all brought in as emerging leaders in the pen profession.
Though, I may not have mentioned you by name, but let it occur to you that your various contributions and roles is highly recommended and acknowledged.
As we look towards a more progressive and harmonious coexistence; the time for us to act accordingly is now; i want to appeal to all media practitioners to remain resolute in fighting injustice as well as promoting the PDP government and its policies while we avoid to engage in unnecessary criticism which could impair our expected future.
Deputy Editor Ibom Nation Newspaper / Political Editor, Ireportersng.