The Transition Chairman of Ukanafun Local Government Council of Akwa Ibom State, Barrister Abasiono Jackson Udomfu and six others have been arraigned before the Chief Magistrate Court, Ukanafun for the murder of the Council Secretary Obong Ime Willie Atakpa and his political associate, Akaninyene Udo Aka.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Chukwu Ikechukwu made this known through a press statement Wednesday.
DSP Ikechukwu who said the press statement was to clear the air on speculations surrounding the arrest of the Transition Chairman and six others suspected to have been involved in the murder of the Council Secretary together with another innocent person, disclosed that the charge was contained in a suit No.: AZ:5300/AIS/PPRD/VOL.3/39.
Accordingly, the six other principal suspects, Godknows Sampson Udoudo alias Archor Head/Executioner ‘m’; Godwin Daniel Ikpe a.k.a One-Man-Chop ‘m’; Aniefiok Eseme Etukudo alias Barbeach –Archor Head ‘m’; Saturday Etim Isong a.k.a Saty ‘m’; Akaninyene Sunday Iwok ‘m’ and Ekere Friday Joseph ‘m’ also arraigned on a 2 – Count Charge of conspiracy and murder were reportedly picked up by detectives from their various hideouts mainly in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Assuring that Post-mortem examination reports have confirmed that the duo died of gunshot wounds, the police spokesman recalled that the Secretary with his associate was shot dead by hired assassins on 16th April, Easter Sunday, at about 0930hrs at his poultry farm in his village, Ikot Udo-Obobo Ukanafun LGA.
Chukuw Ikechukwu maintained that following the directives by the State Police Commissioner, Don Awunah that thorough investigations should be carried out to bring the culprits to face the wrath of the law, police detectives and other investigative team discovered that the Council Chairman led the conspiracy which culminated in the murder of the victims.
The release reads in parts:
“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 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, promising a huge sum of money if the job was successfully executed.
“Preparatory to the assassination, the Chairman’s PA held a meeting with the former youth leader of Ikot –Akpan Nkuk village in Ukanafun LGA, one Sunday Inanki ‘m’ at large and the current youth Chairman of the village, one Akaninyene Sunday Iwok to draw out the plan. The current youth leader brought in two others namely: Godwin Daniel Ikpe ‘m’ alias One-Man-Chop and Akaninyene Jumbo Uko alias Iso Akpafi ‘m’, a notorious killer also at large. After a discussion at Ikpe Annang Village in Etim Ekpo LGA of the state sometime in April, 2017 Udoudo alias Archor Head/Executioner who resides in Port was also contacted for the assignment.
“On the 15th April, Akaninyene Jumbo Uko alias Iso Akpafi ‘m’, Godwin Daniel Ikpe ‘m’ alias One-Man-Chop and one Aniefiok Eseme Etukudo alias Barbeach Archo Head met in Ikpe Annang Village in Etim Ekpo LGA of the state, where they reviewed the plan and approved it for execution.
“On 16th April, 2017 at about 0700hrs, the group led by Akaninyene Jumbo Uko ‘alias Iso Akpafi ‘m’ assembled at a hideout in Ikot Udo-Obobo. Two of the members, Englishman presently at large and Saturday Etim Isong ‘m’ alias Saty who had earlier used motorcycles to spy on the Secretary, were again sent to confirm his presence at his poultry farm where he was killed.
“The two guns used in the operation were supplied by Akaninyene Jumbo Uko a.k.a Iso-Akpafi, a notorious killer on the wanted list of the Police. Back in the farm at about 0930hrs, Aniefiok Eseme Etukudo a.k.a Barbeach-Archor Head fired the secretary point-blank while Englishman fired into the air to scare away the secretary’s guests with whom he was celebrating the Easter. The Secretary died on the spot while one of his guests, Akaninyene Udo Aka ‘m’ who was hit by a bullet, later died in the hospital. The assassins left with the deceased’s two handsets they took from his pockets and a motorcycle.”
Meanwhile, the Akwa Ibom State Police Command has restated its intensified efforts towards tracking down the fleeing members of the group namely: Akaninyene Jumbo Uko alias Iso-Akpafi the owner and custodian of the group’s firearms, Sunny Inanki ‘m’ and Englishman, all of who participated actively in the planning, monitoring and eventual killing of the Secretary and his political associate.
Promising its commitment to rid the state of all forms of criminality, the State Police Command further called on law abiding and public spirited individuals to always avail the Police with information that will be useful in carrying out its statutory duties in order to achieve the primary objective of making the state safe for her citizenry and visitors.