Elders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State, under the aegis of Akwa Ibom Leaders Vanguard, has called on police authorities to expose and prosecute those behind the stealing of more than 2,000 permanent voter cards, PVCs, and burning of police stations in Okobo local council of the state recently.
Addressing newsmen in Uyo, leaders of the group, Senator Aniette Okon said it was worrisome that months after the incident, police authorities are yet to fish out the culprits or perpetrators of the crime, warning that this could be dangerous for democracy in the country.
Okon, who described the ‘sudden’ removal of the state Commissioner of Police, Mr John Abang following the crises in the state House of Assembly by the police high command as a ploy to cause trouble in order to take the state by force warned the APC led federal government that the people will resist such move if it ever happened.
“One would expect the police to openly condemn, investigate and bring to book perpetrators of such crimes rather than open their arms to embrace criminal accomplices under the guise of interventionist agencies. This clandestine renovation stinks to high heavens.
‘’The carting away of 2,045 PVCs from INEC office in the same Okobo by these usual felons.
“This constitutes a huge threat to the credibility and smooth conduct of the upcoming elections in the country,” he stated.
He described the incident as an act of high treason, an attempt to destroy democracy and impose the will of the minority on the majority of the Akwa Ibom people.
“The invasion of the Assembly, by thugs aided by the police, exposed Nigeria to the whole world as a crude entity where political misfits ride roughshod over decency and all moral pillars have collapsed.
“Allegations of culpability of the same suspects in the burning of the police station and killing of young Akwa Ibom men have yet again exposed the unholy relationship between law enforcement and federal agencies to the detriment of the constitution and the people,” he explained.
Okon however, called on residents and indigenes of the state to exercise restraint but be vigilant in order not to allow selfish politicians to introduce tension and violence into the 2019 general elections.
“Our appeal is always to implore Akwa Ibom people to remain calm, peaceful but very vigilant as usurpers, warmongers and unscrupulous politicians desperate to scuttle the peace they could not promote or maintain in their time are lurking and provoking the Almighty God by their demonic quest for power, brandishing their much touted federal might.
“But we must at this point urge the federal government and law enforcement agents to discharge their duties without fear or favour as “Power truly belongs to God” and the peaceful disposition of Akwa Ibom people should never be mistaken for cowardice,” he concluded.