RE: CARETAKER TRANSITON CHAIRMAN OF UKANAFUN LOCAL GOVERNMENT COUNCIL, BARRAISTER ABASIONO JACKSON UDOMFU (m) AND OTHERS ARRAIGNED FOR MURDER.
Our attention has been drawn to the Press Bulletin issued by the Akwa Ibom Police Command entitled “Caretaker Transition Chairman of Ukanafaun Local Government Council, Barrister Abasiono Jackson Udomfu ‘M’ and others arraigned for murder, signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Akwa Ibom State, and DSP Chukwu Ikechukwu.
While we do not intend to make comments on an issue that is already before the court of law, we, however, wish to correct the erroneous impression that was created in paragraph 4 of the said release. The release had in the paragraph referenced stated inter-alia: The secretary was said to have frustrated the intention of the Governor of the state to grant amnesty to ice-Land secret cult members in Ukanafun area, which did not go down well with the Transition Chairman and the leadership of the ice-Land cult. Consequently, the chairman allegedly ordered his personal assistant, PA, to organize members of the ice-Land cult to eliminate the secretary, to pave way for the amnesty programme”.
We wish to state unequivocally that His Excellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel never contemplated, thought of, planned or intended to grant amnesty to any criminal group or elements in the State. He has zero-tolerance for criminals or their activities and the relative peace we enjoy today in the State is as a result of this robust approach to dealing ruthlessly with criminals and their networks. The police and other security agencies have been key partners in this drive and pursuit.
The phrasing of the paragraph was inelegant and the Police Commissioner himself has agreed that the statement was an allegation on the part of the individuals concerned and NEVER a statement of fact. “Governor Udom Emmanuel never planned to grant an amnesty to any criminal group and such discussions never came up. The individuals concerned made the wild allegations which we found out not to be true. Any insinuation to the contrary is wrong and should be dismissed” the Police Commissioner Don. N. Awunah had stated strongly in a telephone discussion on the issue.
Members of the public should please be guided.
Senior Special Assistant, Media/ Chief Press Secretary to the Governor