On Tuesday at the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, 5 All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers attempted to impeach the Speaker of the House, Onofiok Luke, and Governor Udom Emmanuel.
The lawmakers include Nse Ntuen representing Essien Udim State Constituency, Gabriel Toby representing Etim Ekpo/Ika State Constituency, Idongesit Ituen representing Itu State Constituency, Otobong Ndem representing Mkpat Enin State Constituency and Victor Udofia representing Ikono State Constituency.
These 5 lawmakers reportedly arrived the premises of the State Assembly with thugs and heavily armed policemen to commence the impeachment process.
They reportedly shut all doors and entrance into the building for effectively carryout their plot without interruption.
Problem however started when Mr. Ephraim Inyangeyen, the Commissioner of Works, arrived the premises of the Assembly in an apparent attempt to stop the madness. He was reportedly harassed by the lawmakers who asked him to leave the premises.
Governor Udom also arrived few minutes later with his supporters, which led to a clash with the supporters of the five lawmakers.
Consequently, gunshots were fired by security personnel in an attempt to scare away people. Everyone ran into safety.
Mr. Luke, the Speaker of the House, who spoke to journalists, said; “Let nobody, party think they can intimidate us in Akwa Ibom State.
“The people of Akwa Ibom have shown solidarity as seen in what happened today. We will continue to stand with our governor. We will continue to make laws for the economic development of the state and for the betterment of the youth of the state.”
Governor Udom in his statement drew the attention of the international community to the illegalities being perpetrated by politicians by the aide of the Nigeria Police.
He consequently called on the redeployment of the Commission of Police in the state, Musa Kimo.
“Let the commissioner that they just posted last weekend, let’s assume that he has finished his course, I want to call on the police and this evening, the police commissioner must be withdrawn; the head of the Quick Rapid Squad must be withdrawn so that we can maintain peace.
“I want to let the whole world know that Nigerians fought and gave their lives in this country so that we may enjoy democracy that we currently have today, but in Akwa Ibom State, due to the ambition of selfish people, democracy is being threatened.”
He expressed regret that the police which is funded with the state resources to maintain peace and order, instead chose to assist in causing a breakdown of law and order.
He noted that those behind the Tuesday incident were “people that this state has given the opportunity to become what they never dreamt they could become. People that other people have given them the opportunity to become a commissioner for six years and a governor for eight years making it 14 years.”
“We maintain all oil installations so that money could be got out of here and be sent to Abuja for the police to be maintained.
“It is the same police force today supervised by the commissioner of police, who came in against the court of law.
“Last night we heard about this, called the commissioner of police and said ‘we’ve heard that you want to e****t those sacked five members against the rule of law’ and he denied. This morning, the so-called Warsaw saw war.
Eventually in a state broadcast, the governor alleged that about 18 AK47 rifles ceased from the APC supporters by the police had been returned to them.
“The IG is not doing anything. We have reported this to the highest order and every arm of the security agencies and nobody has taken steps to do anything.
“They are leaving Akwa Ibom people to defend themselves.”
The State Police Public Relation Officer, Odiko Macdon, however denied Udom’s claim, saying that; “there was no such arrest in the Assembly and the police cannot arrest somebody with an AK 47 and let him go.”