Exclusive: How Opposition to Gov Udom’s amnesty to cultists triggered Ukanafun Council secretary’s assassination – A’Ibom Police 

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The secretary of Ukanafun L.G.A of Akwa Ibom State, Obong Ime Willie Atakpa, was assassinated for opposing plans by Governor Udom Emmanuel to grant amnesty to ice-Land secret cult members in Ukanafun, the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Police, CP Don. N. Awunah has declared in a recently released police report on the killing and subsequent arraignment of his murderers.

The police boss who was reacting to the arraignment of the Ukanafun Council chairman, Barr Abasiono Udomfu for conspiracy and the murder of the secretary said the late Atakpa’s objection to the executive amnesty proposed by the Governor did not go down well with the Transition Chairman and the leadership of ice-Land cult, which led to the conspiracy by the Chairman and the cult group to plot and execute the assassination.

In a statement issued on Wednesday and signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Akwa Ibom State Command, DSP CHUKWU IKECHUKWU, the Police said the clarification became necessary in view of speculations arising from the arrest of the Transition Chairman.

According to CP Don. N. Awunah, immediately the crime was committed, he ordered the detective arm and other tactical teams of the Command to swing into action and bring to book the perpetrators of this dastardly act.

 

The police boss explained that part of their findings from investigations revealed that the secretary and his political associate, one Akaninyene Udo Aka were 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.

“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”, the police release stated.

According to the report, “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, 2007 Udoudo ‘’ alias Archor Head/Executioner who resides in Port was also contacted for the assignment”, the release revealed.

The plot hatched on the 15th April, the police said involved one Akaninyene Jumbo Uko alias Iso Akpafi ‘m’, Godwin  Daniel Ikpe ‘m’ alias One-Man-Chop and one Aniefiok Eseme Etukudo alias Barbeach Archo, who met in Ikpe Annang Village in Etim Ekpo LGA of the state, where they reviewed the plan and approved it for execution.

The reports reads in parts, “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.  This they did and immediately returned to kill secretary”.

Continuing, the police said, “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”.

 

The police said its detatives arrested six of the principal suspects involved in the crime among whom were Godknows Sampson Udoudo alias Archor Head/Executioner ‘m’, Godwin Daniel Ikpe a.k.a One-Man-Chop ‘m’, Aniefiok Eseme Etukudo ‘m’ alias Barbeach –Archor Head, Saturday Etim Isong a.k.a saty ‘m’, Akaninyene Sunday Iwok ‘m’ and Ekere Friday Joseph, from their various hideouts mainly in Port Harcourt and arraigned the suspects at the Chief Magistrate Court Ukanafun for conspiracy and the murder of the secretary and his political associate even as Post-mortem examination reports confirmed that the duo died of gunshot wounds.

The Command said it is intensifying it’s efforts to track down the fleeing principal 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.

 

The Police Commissioner reiterated the unwavering commitment of the Command to rid the state of all forms of crime and criminality and 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 alike.

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