A five-man investigating team ordered by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, have arrived Akwa Ibom State, to unravel the recent attack on the residence of the managing director (MD) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Obong Nsima Ekere, it was learnt, yesterday. The team, classified as X-Squad, LEADERSHIP gathered, is being led by a Senior Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Mr. Yusuf Abdullahi. Unknown gunmen had reportedly shot severally into Ekere’s bedroom at his Ewet home in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, soon after he was declared winner of the September 30, 2018 All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary held at the state’s township stadium. With several condemnations trailing the attack, which was seen as politically motivated, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Network Advancement Programme for Poverty and Disaster Risk Reduction (NAPPDRR) in Niger Delta, had to petition the IGP, demanding full investigation to unravel the truth of the matter.
The NGO, an organisation committed to good governance, peace building, conflict prevention, management and resolution in Niger Delta region, said it has to take the action “in the interest of peace, development and good governance in the state”. Speaking in an interview at the Akwa Ibom Police headquarters, Ikot Akpanabia, the national president of association, Hon Al Mustapher Emem Edoho, said, “We have the mandate to impress it on the authorities to act in order to protect lives and properties of our citizens”. He warned youths against being used by desperate politicians to foment trouble ahead of the 2019 polls, explaining that “the NGO was not sponsored by any politician or political party to petition the Police to thoroughly investigate the matter as insinuated in government quarters.”
“We are an independent organisation working to compel authorities to protect the fundamental rights of every citizen when they are seen to be violated. We will never be bribed to take side in any issue, but when the rights of the people are trampled upon, we must come in to save the situation from getting out of hand”, he stressed.
He charged the investigating team to “do a thorough job”, disclosing that “the leader of the investigating team has assured that he would leave no stone unturned in the process of getting at the truth.”