The peace in Akwa Ibom State was shattered yesterday morning when the State Home of Meeting invaded. There have been rumours that there have been weapons of conflict across the citadel of democracy, the state legislature. 5 estranged lawmakers belonging to All Progressive Congress (APC) stormed the Meeting complicated and tried to take away the governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, in a commando model.
For about two hours, the state actually noticed conflict, in a uncooked replay of a former governor’s alleged menace. Senator Godswill Akpabio was reported to have threatened that the state may witness conflict as Warsaw, in Poland, noticed conflict with the strategy of 2019.Though your entire legislative complicated was thrown into pandemonium, inflicting employees and early guests to scamper for security, automobiles and different objects had been destroyed; fortunately, no life was misplaced.
The 5 APC lawmakers, led by Mr. Nse Ntuen, representing Essien Udim State Constituency, whose seats had been not too long ago declared vacant by the Speaker, Mr. Onofiok Luke, met at about 8.30am and commenced impeachment proceedings in opposition to Governor Emmanuel.
The opposite members, together with Mr. Gabriel Toby for Etim Ekpo/Ika State Constituency and Idongesit Ituen, Itu State Constituency, Otobong Ndem, for Mkpat Enin Sate Constituency and Victor Udofia representing Ikono State Constituency obliged Ntuem of their help. Eyewitnesses stated the 5 lawmakers arrived early with thugs and closely armed policemen, with an improvised mace in tow to start impeachment proceedings as they chased out everybody, even manhandling the press secretary to the Speaker, Kufre Okon, earlier than making their approach to the chambers.
All of the doorways had been shot, whereas the previous lawmakers had been nonetheless contained in the chambers for the proceedings, which lasted for a couple of minutes.
Nevertheless, bother began when the state Commissioner for Works, Mr. Ephraim Inyang-Eyen, arrived the Meeting complicated at about 10:05am, solely to be harassed by the 5 aggrieved members, who swooped on him and repeatedly banged on his automobile asking, “What’s your corporation with the home?”
Within the ensuing confusion, safety personnel fired gunshots to scare means individuals. Journalists, Meeting employees and different guests scampered for security. Whereas some scaled the partitions, others simply took cowl within the surrounding bushes.Ntuen and the opposite APC members, who had earlier sat with the 4 sacked lawmakers, took to their heels, when the governor arrived amid shout of ‘eight years’, ‘eight years’ from the youth as he went straight and held a gathering behind closed doorways with the lawmakers
Outdoors there was a conflict between supporters of Speaker, Onofiok Luke and people of the 5 lawmakers and the police on the one aspect. Within the course of, Ntuen’s automobile was destroyed by the rampaging youths whilst he escaped mob motion. A number of gunshots had been fired on the Meeting complicated on Udo Udoma Avenue.
Shocked by the event, Governor Emmanuel accused the Nigerian Police of declaring conflict on the state following a foiled try by the sacked 5 lawmakers to take over the Meeting and impeach the governor.Visibly agitated, the governor addressed a world press briefing at Authorities Home. He gave the newly posted Commissioner of Police 24 hours to depart the state, accusing him of main genuine and pretend policemen to invade the legislature. He stated: “In the present day, democracy is being threatened within the state. In the present day we had a complete breakdown of regulation and order, assisted by the police.”
Along with his voice rising at every phrase, the governor continued: “I need the entire world to know and listen to me that we have now seen whole breakdown of regulation and order, fueled by the police. The identical police that I’m utilizing the sources of the state to ensure we keep peace and order. The state has been essentially the most peaceable within the nation; we keep all oil installations so that cash is perhaps earned from oil and despatched to Abuja for the police drive to be maintained.
“It’s the identical police drive at this time, supervised by the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Musa Kimo, who got here in. The court docket had ordered that the seat of those that defected must be declared vacant. This isn’t the primary time and it’s in keeping with the rule of regulation. Since final evening we heard in regards to the menace and we referred to as the Commissioner of Police that we heard that you just wish to escort the sacked members in opposition to the rule of regulation, however he denied and this morning the conflict track that has been drumming on Warsaw noticed conflict, we have now witnessed it at this time.
“Some individuals had been arrested with pretend military uniforms they usually got here with AK47, they had been arrested however sadly, as I’m talking now, these individuals have been launched. Earlier than this time, fortuitously a few of our cameras captured the scene with their telephones. So we have now photos of the pretend military uniforms these individuals had been carrying.”The governor regretted that the police permit them to remove the 18 AK-47 recovered from the hoodlums, stressing that this was the identical Warsaw that was pronounced.
“We have now reported this to the Inspector Common of Police, to the Presidency, to all the safety companies and no person has taken any steps to deal with it. So they’re leaving Akwa Ibom individuals to defend themselves.
“In the meantime we’re utilizing our personal oil sources to take care of safety. Only recently the surplus crude oil account that was saved for our personal individuals was used to amass navy weapons. We didn’t know that these navy weapons had been acquired with the intention to make use of them to intimidate Akwa Ibom individuals.
“So we have now referred to as on the powers that be, the worldwide neighborhood, that this can be a conflict which have been declared. I’ve by no means heard the place the Nigerian Police help illegality. That is the primary time your entire construction is supporting a selected political party. We don’t have the police; we don’t have something to guard us, however we have now God.
“We would like the entire world to know that no matter occurs on this state is brought on by the police, and never every other arm of safety company, however the police and perpetuated by the state Commissioner of Police. This new Commissioner of Police, since he got here he has been having conferences with the individuals the court docket had earlier declared as unlawful occupants of seats and at this time he led them into the Meeting.”
Udom lamented that peace in Akwa Ibom has been threatened, with the police placing the unity of the individuals in peril, saying: “And we’re calling that the police drive be referred to as to order. They need to go and defend Nigerian territory the place want be, they need to keep peace and order and never trigger chaos within the state, and if they’re enjoying politics this manner, there isn’t a hope for democracy within the nation.
“That is in keeping with their plans. We have now their script they usually wish to trigger mayhem within the state in order that elections shouldn’t be held the identical day normal election could be held. If we can’t maintain election identical day with others they need to overlook about election in Akwa Ibom. Elections should be held the identical day in Akwa Ibom State; that’s what they’re attempting to perpetuate now. You could see how they’re destroying individuals’s homes and the police is supervising them to do that. Which nation has this ever occurred; we have now reported this but they ignored it. I’ve instructed the Assistant Inspector Common of Police (AIG) Operations, who is meant to name them to order and he promised to take action, however nothing has been completed. We tried to achieve IG this morning however he has rebuffed us.
“We’re warning the entire nation that Akwa Ibom State is below siege by the police, not by every other individual. We’re very peaceable individuals, however our peace has been threatened. Let the Commissioner of Police, who has been posted to the state, who’s coming to perpetuate this be withdrawn in order that we are able to keep peace.
“Let me additionally sound a observe of warning that those that have ruled the state and left ought to keep in Abuja. We have now a inhabitants of 6.2 million individuals. We gave you a chance to control now you might be calling for conflict. In the meantime, you saved your youngsters overseas and are calling for conflict. Which youngsters do you wish to kill?
“We’re additionally calling on the president of the nation, that we’re residents of this nation, that the president ought to take needed motion to forestall this as a result of we noticed the signal and we have now been sounding this warning in every single place and at this time it has performed out. I wish to consider the structure and legal guidelines of this nation will shield my individuals. The president ought to do every little thing humanly attainable to avoid wasting lives and property. Inform those that are calling for Warsaw conflict that we have now seen conflict at this time. Allow them to go to Abuja and combat conflict or be despatched to Boko Haram territory. Akwa Ibom will not be Warsaw; we are saying no to this intimidation by the police. We shall be supported by all overseas missions, Nigerians and all sundry and everybody who loves peace.”
Nevertheless, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Odiko Macdon denied the allegations that it was the Commissioner of Police who led the 5 sacked members to the Meeting.
“The Commissioner of Police is an expert policeman, so there isn’t a means he may have escorted these 5 members into the Meeting. These members went on their very own to the Meeting. The Commissioner of Police deployed policemen to take care of peace and the Meeting was opened for everyone who has one thing to do within the complicated,” he stated.In the meantime peace has returned to the Home of Meeting as Luke-led 21 members went on to take a seat briefly and referred to as for the removing of the State Commissioner of Police.